I guess you missed the part about validating feelings. I wasn't making a case for its objective reality. I'm trying to empathize with the hippies, as I myself enjoyed reading those books back in the day so that gives me a basis for empathy.
But the purpose of this thread is to ask why anybody would still believe those books. If they are recommended reading in anthropology departments, then that's a real travesty on science.
"I ran across a guy on some other forum who thinks Castaneda's Don Juan sorcery books are reports of true events.
It takes all kinds, I guess."