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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

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Michael Pollan

13 Hours 36 Minutes

Penguin Audio

May 2018

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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018

A New York Times Notable Book 

The #1 New York Times bestseller.

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 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.

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  • Daniel P.

    Amazing take on the world of psychedelics and the underground research. Wonderful read/listen, flew through it due to captivating stories and interesting reasearch and explanation.

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  • Ted E.

    Great update on a maligned subject. The topic is well worth revisiting the potential positive effects

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  • Gary G.

    This is an important book that could change this country's access to powerful medication with many uses. It has already lead to conversations that would not have occurred prior to its publication.

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  • Faraz B.

    it is a great listening full of new information, systematic arrangements, It has improved my perception about the universe and world including myself as individual. however I need the text to understand and repeat the reading of underline concepts. I must appreciate recognize and respect the efforts of the write Michael pallon

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