How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consci Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journ...

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Title:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Author:Michael Pollan
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ISBN:How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
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Number of Pages:480 pages pages

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  • Kate
    Jun 04, 2018
    I confess I'm a bit of a fan of Michael Pollan. I've read much of his writing on food, and I generally find his journalistic style approachable and informative without being overly dry. I was a bit surprised to learn that he had stepped outside his usual beat to write about psychedelic...
  • Katie
    Jul 31, 2018
    In this book, Michael Pollan covers the history and science of psychedelics. The book is divided into five main sections which cover several aspects of psychedelic drugs: natural history, cultural history, Pollan's personal experiences, neuroscience, and uses in psychotherapy. Pollan m...
  • Jason Pettus
    Jul 11, 2018
    A few weeks ago, I was raving here about the first book I ever read by participatory journalist Michael Pollan, 2006's The Omnivore's Dilemma which permanently changed the way I now shop at grocery stores; and now I can say that I've had an equally great experience with my second Polla...
  • David
    Jun 28, 2018
    This is an epic book about the history of psychedelics, and their potential for improving the human condition. My first thought on the subject was of people tripping on LSD, and making a mess of their lives. But, this does not have to be the case at all. Many mental illnesses could be ...
  • jeremy
    Mar 04, 2018
    this is precisely where psychedelic therapy seems to be operating: on a frontier between spirituality and science that is as provocative as it is uncomfortable. michael pollan is one of those authors who can, with ample research, elucidatory prowess, and a captivating writing style, m...
  • Mehrsa
    May 23, 2018
    I read the Pollan essay in the New Yorker about psychedelics and so I picked this up right away. And I'm convinced. I totally want to try this! Wish it wasn't illegal. What was really brilliant about this book is his exploration of the ego and how that leads to so much stuckness an...
  • Lauren
    Jun 04, 2018
    Remarkable book. I hope this will gain the same prominence that Omnivore's Dilemma did several years ago. ...
  • Ericka Clouther
    Aug 13, 2018
    Really interesting book. Though it's central theme is psychedelics, it's topic is really consciousness, the experience of being, the fear of death, willpower, and mental illness. The book was well-written as Pollan never disappoints. I definitely found new information and the book defi...
  • Morgan Blackledge
    Aug 22, 2018
    What a great book. What a fun book. What a wonderful, interesting, informative and even transformative read. I loved it, not because of the novelty of the subject, but because of the absolutely appropriate caution, charming naivety and utter lack of pretense with which the author M...
  • Krista
    Mar 26, 2018
    Self and Spirit define the opposite ends of a spectrum, but that spectrum needn't reach clear to the heavens to have meaning for us. It can stay right here on earth. When the ego dissolves, so does a bounded conception not only of ourself but of our self-interest. What emerges in its ...
  • Ms.pegasus
    Oct 05, 2018
    ?I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors.? (p.23). Albert Hoffman, discoverer of LSD wrote those words in 1943. He had unintentionally absorbed some of the synthesized substance through his skin. Wh...
  • Benjamin Siegel
    May 26, 2018
    I feel lucky to live in a world where Michael Pollan has now written, sometimes quite beautifully, about tripping. ...
  • KC
    Aug 04, 2018
    Micheal Pollan discusses the fascinating, intriguing and yet extremely controversial scientific approach to better understanding the world of psychotropics and their role as a form of mental therapy. From the author's own personal controlled "trips" with many of the drugs he explores a...
  • Elizabeth Theiss
    Jun 04, 2018
    Prepare to change your mind about the role of psychedelic drugs in western culture. Or, if you have experience as a psychonaut, get ready for a broad, expansive review of history, research, and the possibilities for public policy. When LSD, mescaline, psilocybin, and other psychedel...
  • Mason Neil
    May 28, 2018
    I have been fascinated by psychedelics ever since I experienced psilocybin a few years ago and experienced an almost immediate loss of some negative habits that had been having a negative effect on my mental health. Michael Pollan's perspective was particularly attractive to me because...
  • Charles
    Oct 12, 2018
    I have led a boring life, at least as measured by the topics covered by this book, Michael Pollan?s "How to Change Your Mind." Not only have I never taken any psychedelic drug of any type, I have never taken any illegal drug at all. Similarly, I have never had any type of mystical ex...
  • Debbie
    Jul 31, 2018
    I struggled with whether this was a 4 or a 5 star book, which would typically lead me to give a book 4 stars. But dang, this is such a fascinating book. I was pulled in by the discussions of dissolution of ego, of the nature of consciousness, of entropy, awe, spirituality, by the poten...
  • Josh Firer
    May 20, 2018
    Going into the past, present, and future of the research into the use of psychedelic drugs and their potential to solve many vexing scientific problems, Michael Pollan reframes these issues in a way that is sure to change many readers' minds. What makes the book compelling, is that the...
  • Francesca Marciano
    Jun 07, 2018
    Riveting, inspiring, this book opens so many new, exciting perspectives. Hopefully it'll help reverse the stigma on psychedelic substances so they can be used by science to open new doors in our consciousness, something we really ought to do if we wish for a better world. Really excite...
  • Sarah Jane
    Jun 04, 2018
    I thought the writing was great but the more I read, the less interested I became in this topic. One description of someone?s trip was fine, by the tenth description I was bored. ...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Oct 09, 2018
    5 ? ? ? ? ? You can?t always get what you want but you just might get what you need. Among many others, what do Anas Nin, Jack Nicholson, Stanley Kubrick, Andr Previn, James Coburn, Aldous Huxley, Bill ?W?, Ram Dass, Andrew Weil, Ethyl Kennedy, Steve Jobs, a...
  • Matthew Quann
    Jul 12, 2018
    A cursory glance at the cover of Michael Pollan's new book examining the science of psychedelics manages to say a lot with very little. There are no vivid colours arranged in mandalas, no kaleidoscopic landscape, no face with eyes replaced by swirls of sickening colour combinations. In...
  • Darwin8u
    Jun 04, 2018
    "There is so much authority that comes out of the primary mystical experience that it can be threatening to existing hierarchical structures." - Roland Griffiths, quoted in Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind "To fall in hell or soar Angelic You'll need a pinch of psychede...
  • Radiantflux
    Jun 18, 2018
    63rd book for 2018. Pollan offers a great up-to-date of account of the new psychedelic revolution currently underway, lead in no small part by the gradual loosening of restrictions on research over the last two decades that have been in place since the early 1970s. It's an area ...
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    Mar 14, 2018
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  • Nathan
    May 23, 2018
    Michael Pollan is a phenomenal writer, and he shines once again with his newest book. He takes a deep dive into the history and science of psychedelics, all while weaving in his own personal narrative. It is an engaging and fascinating read; one that propels the reader on a journey thr...
  • Liza Fireman
    Aug 23, 2018
    This is probably the most boring book of someone telling about his experience of smoking toads and using psychedelics in general. It got a little bit better towards the end, and it was interesting to read about psychedelics therapy, but I can't say that I would be reading it again or t...
  • Nancy Mills
    Sep 19, 2018
    An eye-opening and readable book about a taboo topic. Author Michael Pollan weeds out the science from the politics and reveals research that's been suppressed for decades. Psychedelic substances have shown huge promise for dealing with addiction, depression and especially depression i...
  • David Wineberg
    Apr 11, 2018
    Michael Pollan?s Brain ? on Drugs Neither LSD nor magic mushrooms harm you. They are not addictive, toxic, debilitating or destructive. They cause no illness and have no side effects. They seem to unlock receptors in the brain, causing mashups and unexpected connections (and the...
  • Lou
    Jun 10, 2018
    I have such a wide range of non-fiction reading interests that sometimes, until I actually see the book and its subject, not even I knew that I wanted to read it! But if it is something I am eager to know more about, I know right away. Let me start by saying, the only drugs I have ...