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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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“Pollan keeps you turning the pages . . . cleareyed and assured.” —New York Times

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, and New York Times Notable Book 

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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  • Ted E.

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

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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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  • 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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  • R H.

    The scientist in me loved this for the evidence-based biological focus. The human in me loved it for the therapeutic value it delivered after having just lost a beloved nephew to addiction. The child in me loved it for how it allowed me to meditatively reignite former states of consciousness. The spirit in me loved it for the logic-based arguments for hope. I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know with a fully developed default mode network. Thank you, Michael Pollan!

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  • David C.

    Great read very well written and mind opening!! Love this nook

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  • Chelsea F.

    phenomenally written, extremely well researched, comprehensive, and deeply personal. one of my all time favorites and such a great study on the history, use, and research of psychedelics.

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  • Kristine I.

    He’s great. Truly great in delivery and flow of narration. His affect was vert well-aligned with the content and the humorous parts were so hilarious that I have revisited them just to hear it all and burst into laughter again and again. This was an enjoyable and educational listen. Well done!

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  • Adam H.

    perspective raising!

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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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