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 consciousnessWhen 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 consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people? Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea-pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness....
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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics Reviews
Is it harder to give in to the urge to take on a new subject at the end of one's career or is it harder to ignore it? Our careers sometimes lead from way to way and it seems ridiculous to just swerve onto a new path entirely. And yet, people often do it. Whether it be mastering alchemy, converting to Christianity, or formulating a grand unified theory, many brilliant people swerve into a new field after they move past maturity. It's amazing to me whenever someone brilliant devotes those final ye ...more
Everything you wanted to know about LSD and its history from a non-hippie, non-weenie. I think this is the tip of a new iceberg floating out of the arctic past. It's so rare that we get an opportunity to think about that which has not been thought about and researched to death. Here is the closest thing to an experiential journey into the actual unknown that we are likely to get from a book. Excellently pedestrian where it needs to be and vividly illustrative where it has to be. Best kind of lit ...more
"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 psychedelic"
- Humphry Osmond
I have family that struggle with addiction, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. The idea that one group of compounds (psychedelics) could transform how we view and treat these various challenges to the human con ...more
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 through the re-emergence of this scientific field. For anyone at all interested in the topic, this is probably a must-read. Highly recommended.
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 even taken are those prescribed for me by a doctor, so I have no idea about other drugs, including psychedelic ones. What I do know about is how strong painkillers (morphine, fentanyl, buprenorphine, oxycodone etc) can ...more
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 cured with "psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy".
The first half of the book is about the history of psychedelics. Before 1965, Time-Life Publications were enthusiastic boosters of psychedelics. For example, in Life ...more
I feel lucky to live in a world where Michael Pollan has now written, sometimes quite beautifully, about tripping.
This is a must-read for psychonauts and anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of psychedelics. Pollan shows us how psychedelics have been a part of different societies for healing, how psychedelics entered American culture, how it was used by therapists for healing patients, what led to it being outlawed, and how it has been starting to get a resurgence today. He also documents his own personal adventure to LSD, psilocybin, 5-MeO-DMT, and other tryptamines. You'll leave the book with a g ...more