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How to Change Your Mind

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Lu par : Michael Pollan
Durée : 13 h et 35 min
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New York Times Book Review - 10 Best Books of 2018

A New York Times Notable Book

The number-one New York Times best seller.

A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs - and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

©2018 Michael Pollan (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A game changer

Maybe the most important book I have read for twenty years. Pollan's experiences with psychedelics is extremely well narrated, with both enthusiasm and caution. It opens a new road for everyone looking for a better, larger understanding of one's self. Absolutely invaluable.

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An amazing book!

Amazing book about the power and hidden potentials of psychedelics, with an interesting historical background retracing the early developments of various substances. A must-read for anyone interested in the expansion of the consciousness!

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  • Paul E. Williams
  • 19/05/2018

A delightful trip

I think the only thing that could make this book better would be a complementary drop of acid on the corner of the last page.

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  • ajia
  • 27/05/2018

Enthralling and Informative

Michael Pollan is at is finest in How to Change Your Mind. The first third of the book covering the modern history of psychedelics I could take or leave, but the latter two thirds had me rapt and thinking, “what a time to be alive.” To call his closing thoughts moving would be a sorry understatement. 9/10 would read again

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  • JB
  • 27/05/2018

Excellent non-hippie journey through Psychedelics

So often books and videos about psychedelics are taken from a post use hippie new age perspective so it was really refreshing and more interesting to hear this man's journey from newbie to trying the major 4 psychoactive drugs available today. And especially given that he wasn't too quick to conclude or associate his experience with the supernatural or God but rather decided to look into what science says is going on related to the physicality, the default network, the Ego etc.

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  • Kathleen Adams Olsen
  • 19/05/2018

Interesting

Well researched, thought provoking and humorous As well as a great listen not boring in the least. thank you M Pollan.

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  • SGordon
  • 18/05/2018

A thorough and insightful exploration.

Michael does a great job deep diving into an area that’s below the radar for many. There were points when it felt like he was a little too long-winded but then he’d turn the corner to a totally different fascinating aspect of the study or use of psychedelics. After finishing it, I look back and felt like he was incredibly thorough, insightful, and open- minded approaching the subject. The topic is not new to me but he still opened my eyes and mind to many new perspectives. Time well spent.

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  • Stephanie
  • 20/06/2018

some excellent concepts, a bit too much repetition

this is not primarily a drug book, but more a psychological /physical discussion of the brain, the body and the various psychological states of which your mind is capable. it also has interesting historical summaries which explain why psychedelics, with Incredible potential and many positive lab results, were effectively deleted from the national consciousness during the late sixties for mostly political reasons. the only negative is that in its audiobook version, it gets repetitive. psychedelic seem to be affected for combating addiction, depression, anxiety and fear of death, so there is a section on each of these, but the reason that these all work is the same, hence, repetition. But the book is a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in learning about altered Consciousness, whether through meditation, drumming, breathing or psychedelic use.

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  • Robert F. Jones
  • 02/09/2018

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Two stars - meh three stars - good four stars - worth a second read five stars - life-changing - my top 50 of all time I loved this book. Definitely worth a read. When I reread, I might bump it up to five stars. An exploration into the nature of consciousness. Using Psychedelics to brake the chains of our status quo. Based on his personal experiences and interviews. He writes with honesty and wit. Explores our separation and connection with the universe.

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  • Matthew
  • 19/05/2018

love, love, loved it

the best sane approach to a subject that has too often been all too wrapped up in non scientific language and thinking, all too ready to accept the most illogical and emotional thoughts and rationale. This book in contrast breaks through the genre with a down to earth approach and yet ready to accept the vision and experience that psychedelic therapy has to offer.

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  • Yaneth
  • 15/05/2018

Open Up!

Michael Pollan again pushing the way we think. Open up to the idea that alternatives to common issues will reap results!

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  • Darwin8u
  • 07/06/2018

To fall in hell or soar Angelic...

"To fall in hell or soar Angelic You'll need a pinch of psychedelic" - Humphry Osmond "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 I have family that struggle with addiction, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. The idead that one type of compound (psychedelics) could transform how we view and treat these various challenges to the human condition is VERY excititng. Pollan's book does a great job of juggling the memoirist experience with psychedelics (think of this partially as a 21st century version of Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater) with a narrative nonfiction exploration of the history and current science surrounding primarily LSD, Psilocybin, and 5-MeO-DMT (the Toad). Michael Pollan write well (he's not quite, for me, upto the level of John McPhee -- but he's close. He both annoys and seduces at the same time. He reminds me of a well-produced TED Talk. He is both interesting and compelling, but also a bit like a worn and comfortable shoe (say a Birkenstock) that represents a group I already feel comfortable both simultaneously walking with and yes kicking. Most of Pollan's book focuses on LSD and Psilocybin (which makes sense because that is where most of the history and science are). I was familiar with Leary, Ginsburg, Huxley, and even James' takes on mind-altering drugs and states, but it was nice to see it framed by Pollan. I was also thrilled to be introduced to a bunch of characters I had never heard before. I feel a movie could/should be made about JUST Al Hubbard. There is a huge part of me that finds the idea of psychedelic experience very compelling (I've got friends who are well-respected doctors, writers, and attorneys who feel the same way). However, my issue with most drugs (especially pot), is most people take them to GET close to where I feel I am already. I have a lot of awe, wonder, don’t get depressed, feel no guilt, exist with very low anxiety, etc (although I’m absolute sh!t at meditation). I think I do a pretty good job of hanging in the present (while being able to look both forward and back when needed). So, I'm not sure I would be seeking LSD or Psilocybin (or smoking the Toad) for any reason except curiosity and [gasp] recreation. That's the draw. The reason I am skeptical still, is I'm not sure I trust most of the product (clarification, after reading this I trust the product more than say the manufacturer, deliverer, source). I'm a bit suspect of taking candy OR street tacos from complete strangers, so smoking a Toad that I didn't catch and milk myself doesn't exactly seem like something I'm going to run off and do anytime soon. But, if the practice comes above ground, standardizes, or I'm dying -- all bets are off. Bring me the TOAD.

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  • F. K.
  • 12/12/2018

Changing your mind has seldom been so interesting

I had rarely heard the word 'psychedelics' before encountering this audio book, recommended by Yuval Noah Harari in The Guardian Review. Michael Pollan has done a compelling research on a topic that has had little importance or interest in my life so far and a negative touch to it. This book reveals a great varieties in which to meet and undertand psychedelics, casting light on different ways of perceiving their impact on our society - both historically and with an attempt to look at their future, while also being a very personal encounter. I highy enjoyed listenig to the author reading his book and it sparked of some quite interesting discussions with myself so far.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 31/12/2018

Changed my mind

Helped me a lot changing my perspective and it gives you a lot of inside in the world as a whole. If you look for for something new a new way of thinking this is your book Also if you just wanna learn something this is it aswell Or if you are on the edge of taking any drugs this is it aswell

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  • Terry Nathan
  • 26/06/2020

Finally

Our culture needs this book to restart the conversation about psychedelics. The strength of this book is, in my mind, two fold. The first is the extensive research Michael has done for it; it is immediately clear that this is a serious endevour, not some wigged out hippie's soap box. And two, that he starts from the default position, which is that of a skeptic. Michael is nearly the same age as my parents, and his initial outlook and biases against psychedelics was very familiar to me. It is for this reason I think this book can be transformative as others who share his initial views can potentially, logically, come full circle. The only criticism I have is that he too often was making excuses for thoughts that he assumed could come off as unprobable or strange. Personally, there was nothing controversial about the musings or conclusions he put forward, it was all totally obvious stuff. That said, he may have done this to directly speak to more skeptical people. Well done, Michael! And thank you.

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  • Benjamin Stawitz
  • 10/05/2020

Wonderful insight to a largely misunderstood topic

Great research packed tightly together in an easy to follow experience. Spanning the past up to the present doted with personal anecdotes. Easy to listen, and inspiring.

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  • Laura
  • 25/01/2020

Insightful, convincing and sensible

Great book! very insightful, with sound and convincing arguments combined with a sensible view on the topic. The narration by the author makes it very personal and vivid. Very much worth listening to or reading this book for anyone interested in learning about psychedelics beyond recreational use.

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  • Daniel Schwarz
  • 04/05/2019

very good journalism

impressive work. very well researched. very well written. and i am enchanted by the many different views he takes on the subject. be it psychological, medical, spiritual, theological or historical

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  • Anton Smirnov
  • 17/01/2019

Keep an open mind

Loved every aspect of it and the struggle of the author to accept the esoteric part just as it is. Instead he is trying to reason and find empirical research and provides examples of recent developments in the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. But this doesn't imply that the writing is boring rather it tries to mediate the fact of the profound effect or underlying magic of psychedelic on our minds.

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  • David Lucker
  • 22/10/2018

Excellent book on psychedelics

Balanced views, clear thinking, funny, pleasant voice, great insights I did not have before although I know some things about the topic. Came here after the podcast with sam Harris. Was not disappointed, I highly recommend the book to those interested in psychedelics, its history and application to depression, trauma, terminal illness and last but not least spirituality even for those who don't consider themselves religious.

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  • geistreiches
  • 27/06/2018

all you need to know about psychedelics

Michael Polland did an amazing job talking about the history of psychedelics, how the general public opinion formed and what the futre for psychedelics could be, he is always analytical and down to earth even in his trip reports he makes sense of what he experienced and gives everybody a good understanding how taking psychedelics feels like.. I was experimenting with those drugs when I was younger at the age of 20 and in recent years now at the age of 40 I thought about going back to experience some more, work pushed me too far in a pattern of perfection and I started to get depressed and life felt like I'm missing out on something, Pollands book is the ideal guide to get into the material again..

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  • Steffen
  • 24/06/2018

Breathtaking, a must read!

Don't miss it, fascinating, compelling, it has live changing qualities, change for the better that is!