How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
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BLURBS #"I've never regretted my adolescent use of LSD, but reading this fascinating, lucid, wise and hopeful book did make me wonder if those drug experiences weren't another example of youth wasted on the young. Michael Pollan, who waited until he was a grownup to experiment, is the perfect guide to today's dawning psychedelic renaissance."
-- Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland
"Michael Pollan has applied his brilliant mind and fastidious prose to the Mind itself, specifically the modes by which psychedelic substances temporarily obliterate the ego and engender deep spiritual connectedness to the universe. Michael walks the tight-rope between an objective 'reporter' and a spiritual pilgrim seeking insight and sustenance from psychedelics, and his innocence and integrity serve as a balance bar between cynicism and partisan affirmation. His success here places these drugs and what they do at the center of a potential revolution in medicine. It's an extraordinary achievement, and no matter what you may think you know about psychedelics, if you even know the word, you should read this book."
-- Peter Coyote, author and Zen Buddhist Priest
"Very few writers, if any, have the gravitas and journalistic cred to tackle this explosive subject--from both the outside and the inside--extract it from its nationally traumatic and irrationally over reactive past, and bring both reason and revelatory insight to it. Michael Pollan has done just that. This is investigative journalism at its rigorous and compelling best--and radically mind opening in so many ways just to read it."
-- Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction, and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses
"Michael Pollan assembles a great deal of information here on the history, science, and effects of psychedelics. I found his frank recounting of his recent experiences with LSD, psilocybin, and toad venom most revealing. They appear to have softened his materialistic views and opened him to the possibilities of higher consciousness. He did, indeed, change his mind."
-- Andrew Weil, author of The Natural Mind and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
"Michael Pollan masterfully guides us through the highs, lows, and highs again of psychedelic drugs. How to Change Your Mind chronicles how it's been a longer and stranger trip than most any of us knew."
-- Daniel Goleman, co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body
"A rare and utterly engrossing exposition that will most certainly delineate a fundamental change in the understanding of the human mind and the mystery of consciousness. Pollan previously reshaped our knowledge of earthly landscapes in his writings. With this book, he transforms our understanding of the innerscape, the unbounded world we occupy every conscious second of our life experienced by thoughts, suffering, awareness, joy, and reasoning. This is more than a book--it is a treasure."
--Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest