While agreeing whole-heartedly with your post I think you are mistaking 1960's Timothy Leary inspired hornswoggle for 1980's New Age claptrap! Mind you, they do seem indecipherably similar. But there is a generation of difference in the adherents, for the most part. Then again, allowing for the possibility of zero intellectual development over a span of twenty years, it's certainly possible that one could have dropped a decade or so, and woken up in the eighties and melded right in with the new age. Either way it's a pot of beanwater.
Beansprout consumption would certainly be in my top ten societal determinates that either the end was near, or, at least, the end of life as we know it. Consider all of the examinations we could eliminate with one simple question, "do you eat bean sprouts?" The SAT, any professional exam where the licensee has a responsibility involving the public welfare, and maybe even the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality exam.(g) I have sailed with these people, for six months at a time, and they do not get better the further offshore. Terminal weirdness is not a desirable quality in a shipmate and has a shrinking effect on even 1000 foot freighters. I think my ten bucks is safe.
“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.