Date of Award

1965

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Hallucinogenic drugs have been used for centuries by primitive. man to produce mystic effects usually in religious rites. Perhaps these drugs would not have obta:lned the forefront. they had for while if two Harvard professors, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. · Richard Alpert, had not conducted campus experiments with undergraduate students. Working mainly with mescalnie and psilocybin, Leary and Alpert were trying to observe the emotional impact of the drugs and the consciousness broadening power of the drugs. No one, seemed to realize that Alpert and Leary were convinced that the mystic insight one could get from psilocybin would be the solution to the emotional problems of Western man. These experiments have raised the question of the worth of the constructive potentials against the admitted hazards.

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