FAQs Smithsonian World: Doors of Perception

Dedicated to exploring the full scope of modern culture, Smithsonian World was produced by the Smithsonian Institution and WETA-TV between 1984 and 1991 and examined a variety of subjects, including the arts, humanities, science, history, and technology. "Doors of Perception" (1991) looks at the effects of altering consciousness through drug use and other consciousness-altering techniques, such as athletics, dance, art, and meditation.

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Prepared in conjunction with Smithsonian World,
produced by the Smithsonian Institution and WETA-TV,
in cooperation with Public Inquiry Services,
Smithsonian Institution

1991
revised 3/98

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