Were You a Hippie?

Oct 2013
I am not sure that at 1960's it was a big movement. Even my grandparents didn't remember anything.
Because it wasn't, in places like Slovakia.

But the '60s are one of the turning points of the 20th century, and in spite of the differences in the form the young protest against the "old world" took, it's the same movement.

The hippies, the French "c'est interdit d'enterdire" (it's forbidden to forbid), the Czechoslovak spring, all those are different manifestations of the same phenomenon.
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Oct 2013
Planet Nine, Oregon
"In 1943, wartime vehicle restrictions forbid personal cars on the road, so Hofmann had no choice but to get home on two wheels – though he had, luckily, asked his assistant to escort him home. During the infamous bicycle ride, Hofmann really tapped into the psychic effects of the drug. His assistant said they traveled home safely and at a rapid rate, and Hofmann recanted the event in great detail in his book. “Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux,” he wrote. “It was particularly remarkable how every acoustic perception, such as the sound of a door handle or a passing automobile, became transformed into optical perceptions. Every sound generated a vividly changing image, with its own consistent form and color.”

Flashback: LSD Creator Drops Acid for the First Time – Rolling Stone
Oct 2017
United States
I have a supercricial observation that the counterculture decades of the second half of the 20th century followed the basic pattern of set & distinct decades, that the 60’s & 80’s were more culturally, ‘transitional’ or ‘revolutionary’ decades, a sort of cultural ‘hybrid’ between their neighboring decades, while the 70’s & 90’s were more culturally ‘distinct’ or ‘set’ or ‘unique’, by not being culturally a ‘hybrid’ of neighboring decades.

That basically the 60’s are culturally a combination of the 50’s & 70’s, the 80’s are culturally a combination of the 70’s & 90’s, while the 70’s & 90’s basically aren’t culturally a combination of neighboring decades.

I know that all decades are a transition or hybrid between neighboring decades, but I’ve noticed this distinct pattern for counterculture of the second half of the 20th century.

Now keep in mind I did say that this was just a superficial observation & not getting very deep here, I’ll leave it for others to fill in more details.

Not sure whether the pre-counterculture decades of the first half of the 20th century followed the same pattern or whether the pattern turns out to be unique to the counterculture, & maybe only so to the previous century’s.

If that’s the case, then the 50’s theme may turn out to be the culmination of progress of the second half of the 20th century, the start of the counterculture, while the 90’s theme may turn out to be the end of the counterculture. We can only wait for the answer.

Also compare the changes between the decades of the previous century & between the 90’s & today.

There were tremendous changes over the decades of the previous century, but they were mostly superficial, like in fashion & music, compared to changes over the past 20 - 30 years, which was more similar superficially, but there have been more changes socially, largely due to the internet, which is probably the first main distinction for this century so far.

The internet revolution may turn out to be as comparable & important, or even more, so than the previous mid-century counterculture. I’d like to make a post sometime comparing that actually.

Even as late as the 90’s people were still thinking or comparing their contemporary time in terms of counterculture, while nowadays people are starting to think of & compare our contemporary time in terms of the internet, the birth of the internent, pre & post internet, along with other stuff-millennial stuff, which all seems to connected to in one way or another the internet.

What else more revolutionary than the internet could come later this century?

I wrote a post on this, refer to for more detail:

60’s & 80’s = culturally ‘hybrid’ or ‘transitional’ decades?, 70’s & 90’s = culturally ‘set’ or ‘distinct’ decades?

& I wrote this article, which should be relevant to anyone even minorly concerned with the passing of time:


Glad to still see some old schools here. The internet, & increasingly society, seems to be overrun with post-millennial generation Z’s. Though there seems to be significant 90’s & 80’s nostalgia this decade evident in the internet & media, concurrent with the 20 & 30 - year nostalgia cycle.
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Ad Honorem
Oct 2016
Hmmm ... the 'largest' . What about 'whats-his-name' - that guy that experimented with the molecule and made different versions of it, some supposedly boosted intelligence and did other things. Apparently there are vats of it buried on his property that he has forgotten about (he is very old ) .

It was featured by Hamilton Of 'Hamilton's Pharmacopoeia' * who went there, talked to them and found some and dug it up .

* Its an SBS ( division of A(ustralia)BC ) tv doco on pharmacology , I think the films are 'not available in your country' .

But there is a youtube intro to it ;

[...... well , this ^ IS on public tv here .... so I guess its ok ? ]
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Ad Honorem
Oct 2016
So, moving on from the consciousness revolution and combining that with other stuff - anyone familiar with Exo-psychology ?

It was a system developed at the time, combining a few other systems and 'new explorations' into a 'psychological mapping schemata '. Its key developers were Leary and John Lily ( the guy that first researched dolphin communications in the US Navy ).

I find the sections relating to 'circuits of the brain' and the effects of various classes of psychoactive drugs rather insightful * . When individuals have a disruption or a lack of development in a specific circuit, it seems to indicate a propensity for that person to have an issue with the specific and related drug to that circuit . It also has good potential for therapies .

* Eg, Alcohol is listed as having two effects, an initial effect and then a 'higher dosage effect' ; the first effect of alcohol ( the first few drinks ) triggers the 'socio-sexual' circuit' . Drink a lot more and a more base 'anal-territorial' circuit is triggered .

I think most of us have observed that 'devolution' ?
Dec 2011
Millenium, I consider that thinking of history in terms of set decades, and a succession of significant anniversaries, might not be the best way of thinking about things. You already know that the actual year number is governed by the assumed date of birth of Christ, but that date is now believed to have been 4BC, on our current calender (so by rights we should be in 2022, and the sixties decade would have begun in what is now regarded as 1956). And of course there are a many different calendars.

Change in the West over the last century or so has been driven by technology (and technology's parent, science), in my opinion. The technology of gunboats and machine guns allowed the West to build up huge empires among peoples who didn't have these things. Weapons technologies brought the millions of deaths in world wars. Nuclear weapons made further war, between nuclear powers, unacceptable, so people turned to the pursuit of happiness instead of fighting. The technology of antibiotics, and new vaccines, has made life expectancy increase. Resources have been directed to producing consumer goods. The technology of recorded music, where singer's voices are double-tracked and music production was honed to perfection, has had a huge emotional affect on people in the West. In large parts of the world, however, people still do not have enough to live properly, have their freedom restricted and some of them will see a reason to fight.