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  History of the Psychedelic Rediscovery



Secret of "Divine Mushrooms"

Life Magazine, May 13, 1957. Great Adventures III: The Discovery of Mushrooms That Cause Strange Visions. Vision-giving mushrooms are discovered in a remote Mexican village by a U.S. banker who describes the strange ritual and effects of eating them, by R. Gordon Wasson.

The Discovery of LSD and Subsequent Investigations on Naturally Occurring Hallucinogens

Albert Hofmann, PhD. Chapter 7 of Discoveries in Biological Psychiatry, Frank J. Ayd, Jr. & Barry Blackwell, eds., ©J.B. Lippincott Company, 1970

The Soul-Searchers

by Alan Watts, an excerpt from In My Own Way, An Autobiography, 1915 — 1965.
1972 by Alan Watts. Published by Pantheon Books, Random House, Inc.

The Hallucinogenic Fungi of Mexico

"An Inquiry Into The Origins of The Religious Idea Among Primitive Peoples," by R. Gordon Wasson. From the Botanical Museum Leaflets, Harvard University, 1961, 19(7).

Psychedelic Pioneers

Chapter 2 of Acid Dreams, The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond,
by Martin A. Lee & Bruce Shlain, New York: Grove Weidenfeld. 1985 by Lee & Shlain.

The Door in the Wall - Part I - Part II

Psychedelics in the 1950s, including biographical detail of some of the major figures of the psychedelic rediscovery. An excerpt from Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens. 1987 by Jay Stevens.

The Politics of Consciousness - Part I - Part II

The early Sixties, LSD therapy and research at their most productive period, and the ensuing conservative backlash which brought it all to a close. An excerpt from Storming Heaven by Jay Stevens. 1987 by Jay Stevens.

The Strange Case of the Harvard Drug Scandal

"ON MAY 27 1963, President Nathan M. Pusey of Harvard University announced that an assistant professor of clinical psychology and education had been fired. This was the first faculty firing since Pusey took office in 1953, and it had overtones of the sensational. The man dismissed was Dr. Richard Alpert, a young psychologist, member of Harvard's Social Relations department and son of George Alpert, former president of the New Haven Railroad." From Look Magazine, November 5, 1963.

The Withering Away of the Revolution

by Robert Hunter, Chapter 10 of The Storming of the Mind, McClelland and Stewart Limited, ©Robert Hunter 1971. Perspectives on Anti-War Demonstrations, Woodstock, and the withering of the Sixties Revolution.

Realms of the Human Unconscious — Preface

by Stanislav Grof, M.D. Dr. Grof describes his arrival in the United States in the mid-1960s to join the research activities of the Research Unit of Spring Grove State Hospital.

History of LSD Therapy

by Stanislav Grof, M.D. Chapter 1 of LSD Psychotherapy, ©1980, 1994 by Stanislav Grof.

LSD: The Exploding Threat of the Mind Drug that Got Out of Control

LIFE Magazine: March 25, 1966. "Turmoil in a Capsule: One dose of LSD is enough to set off a mental riot of vivid colors and insights — or of terror and convulsions."


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