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

by Michael Pollan

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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a challenging book, both for Pollen to write and for average people to read. If you lived during the "60s", you have ideas of what psychedelics are: how they act, what they do to the user, what type of person uses them. If you read this book, you will find out that your ideas are not totally accurate. There is a history of these "medicines" being used for reasons other than "dropping out". They have been investigated for their healing properties for years. They have also been used (psilocybin in particular) by people for thousands of years. Pollan has given us much to explore and consider. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent book. An in-depth exploration of the subject from all angles that doesn't shy away from strange or unconventional conclusions. Thoroughly honest and open-minded, Pollan does the subject the justice it deserves. It's also written in such a way as to be engaging, informative, and entertaining to both psychedelic veterans and curious newcomers.
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Matthew Maddalena More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! Pollan undertook this at the age of 60, which I find fascinating. Though he grew up during a time when these substances were plentiful and not nearly as scary as people find them today, he does a good job pointing to actual research and practical uses other than "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" doctrine of Leary. He makes a solid case for enthogenic uses and therapeutic uses without giving them a "Let's all have fun at Burning Man" kind of vibe. Having grown up in the 90s when MDMA, Psilocybin, and LSD were everywhere, I find this refreshing. It seems everyone is on one side or the other of this issue: "These drugs are bad and will definitely kill you!" which is as ludicrous to me as "These drugs are totally harmless and actually good for you!". Check out his work tracing back to the dawn of LSD as the years wear on and the War on Drugs strangles use of virtually all psychedelics to his own research and checking with his doctor before deciding to take on three journeys of his own- AT SIXTY YEARS OLD. While much of the book focuses on spiritual growth, it's important to understand that Pollan isn't a spiritual man, by his own admission. Take it for what you will, it's a solid read from a solid author.
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