The Psychedelic era was the time of social, musical and artistic change influenced by psychedelic drugs, occurring between the years of 1965–69 or the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. Psychedelic drug use encouraged unity, the breaking down of boundaries, the heightening of political awareness, empathy with others, and the questioning of authority.[not verified in body].
Writers who explored the potentials of consciousness exploration in the psychedelic era included Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Ram Dass among others; an important journal of the time was The Psychedelic Review.
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- Leary, Timothy; Metzner, Ralph; Weil, Gunther M., eds. (1993). The Psychedelic Reader: Classic Selections from the Psychedelic Review. Citadel Press. ISBN 0-8065-1451-5.