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ERIC Number: ED065429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 12
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The Place of Drugs in the Religion of the Counter Culture.
Clark, Walter Houston
The thesis of this paper is that the main catalyst of religious interest of the counter culture has been the use of psychedelic drugs along with marijuana. The author determined, through investigating subjective experiences of an unselected population of 100 users of LSD type drugs and 20 users of cannabis drugs, that psychedelic drugs are mystical in their effect. The data were gathered by a questionnaire asking the respondent to compare his experiences under drugs with normal everyday experiences, ranking them in six degrees of intensity from "0 no different from normal" up to "5 - beyond anything ever experienced or imagined." Findings indicate that category 5, the most intense rating, was the mode of distribution for users of LSD type drugs, with cannabis users not so intense. All respondents rated positively at least some of the characteristics of profound religious experience. The findings suggest that the religion of the counter culture is not only a nonrational, pure experience of being but also rational in that interpretation of the experience builds a rational base, as in theology, for example. Although drugs may not be religious in themselves they can be a means of triggering a religious process. (SJM)
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