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How to Change Your Mind

Lu par : Michael Pollan
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How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness, written and read by Michael Pollan.

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 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 and read a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs.

©2018 Michael Pollan (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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"His approach is steeped in honesty and self-awareness. His cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling." (Washington Post)

"An easy-going humane generosity...mischievous self-regard...as if Henry David Thoreau had had an encounter with Woody Allen and never been quite the same since." (Simon Schama)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/07/2018

A stunning summary of all things psychedelic

Michael Pollan has gathered a vast knowledge of psychedelic history, science and experience. He weaves this together in a deeply interesting and entertaining way. thank you!

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  • Pavan
  • 12/06/2020

Excellent insight into the world of psychedelics

Although verbose, I really enjoyed listening to this book!
it's dense, long and utterly detailed, this book could have been shortened to 60% of its current read. However the insights and rich anecdotes offered by the author's journey itself as well as the depth of research into psychedelics spanning almost a century is revelatory.

I have personally dabbled in psychedelics and I can resonate to the idea that several state of consciousness exists beyond our default one and psychedelics helped me to open my "third eye". The depth and banality of platitudes are so deeply felt during a "trip". I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this beautiful hidden world and keen to enjoy an expanded mental entropy through psychedelics.

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  • cristhian burgos
  • 29/11/2019

Brilliantly relatable

First, the author reads it himself. Second, thank you. An honest, unbiased journalistic aproach to a thorny subject.

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  • 02/07/2019

excellent and educational

this was great book. I was interested then obsessed. then converted. having had a die from cancer I could relate and see potential for palliative reasons

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  • Jukka
  • 04/04/2019

Intriguing

Some very interesting stuff about psychedelics written mostly in a quite objective manner. Interesting times ahead.

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  • Fernanda Calixto Cabral
  • 21/02/2019

Amazing book!

Micheal Pollan writes about the history of psychedelics and his personal experiences with great detail and care. Very informative but also touching book.
I recommend it for anyone seeking ways to open the mind and rethink what the human conscious mean. Great read!

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  • Philomath
  • 10/12/2018

What happens when the ego leaves

In a typical Michael Pollan engaging style the history and experience of psychedelic substances is brought to the forefront. From Magic Mashrooms, to LSD, MDT, and MESCALINE. These are chemicals produced in nature that tap in to the depths of the mind.

The author explains these hallucinogenics and the life changing experiences it produces in people that take them, for the most cases positive. They have been banned from scientific study for over 40 years where they went underground, but now are making a resurgence as an alternative in psychotherapy, and proving to have a wealth of benefits in studying the mind.

This book also shows the struggle between the science and the use of the psychedelic drugs for the study of the mind, and their use as vehicle for spiritual journeys ones that reveal the mind and consciousness as only one aspect of many states. The ego is always in control. As the author explains this “the ego” somehow deflates and in some cases fizzles away providing an experience of oneness with everyone and everything.

When Silicon Valley is micro-dosing for creativity one wonders what else this is good for. A well written book about a subject that has been taboo in society and science for far too long. A highly recommended read.

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  • Ursula
  • 22/10/2018

A real education

This is a superb book, which deals with a subject loaded with preconception with scientific and investigative rigor, beautiful language, and an honesty and feeling that is very touching. well done to Michael Pollan on a subject well researched and artfully presented. and to the narrator on a great job conveying it!

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  • Jaime
  • 26/08/2018

Well done. A must read

A fantastic, equally objective journey into psychedelics for our collective betterment. Bravo, Michael Pollan. The narration (by the author) is also excellent.

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  • Jerome
  • 26/07/2018

Amazing book...I felt every bit of the experience.

wait wait wait wait...let me see how I can describe this....engaging, informative and extremely entertaining...🎤

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  • Cato Fischer
  • 24/11/2018

seeeehr langatmig

erst ab Kapitel 7 interessant, vorher viel history-mir bekannt aus dem Studium bzw allgemein Wissen

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  • dr. weired beard
  • 04/07/2018

this is a book for everybody.

it's written in a language everyone can understand and makes it so easy to follow michael pollan into the world of the mind and psychedelics. he did very well, scratch much of the information there is together into this book. it gives a really good and objective perspective about the possibilities and opportunities lying in psychedelic research and also for one self.
Thanks for that michael!

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  • Olivia
  • 25/01/2020

Michael Pollan's voice is the cherry on top

I loved listening to this book - his voice is so comforting and makes the experience more intimate. It was particularly great to hear about his personal experiences coming from his own mouth. Besides that, the book is super interesting, eye-opening and motivating.

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  • Martin Ernst
  • 06/01/2020

Fantastic book

Great insights and profound facts from a unique author and here speaker / reader. Thanks for making this journeys public and accessible to me and us. 🙏

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  • Adi
  • 14/10/2019

Very insightful...

Very insightful and greatly read. Also surely alot of investigation to create such a summary for this topic. Thanks!

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  • Chris
  • 13/03/2019

Just a story, no real help. Dissapointed.

I should have changed my mind before buying. Sorry Michael but I expected actual advice not just an O.K. story .

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  • Fabio Bernardoni
  • 26/02/2019

Too repetitive

The topic is really interesting. However few is said on the supposed neural mechanisms of action of psychedelics. The book instead tells thousands of anecdotic experiences lived by people who took psychedelics in various circumstances. it is too repetitive and thus boring.