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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics (2018)

de Pollan Michael (Autor), Pollan Michael (Autor), Pollan Michael (Autor)

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"A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, 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 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 struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives"--… (més)
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Títol:How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics
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Altres autors:Pollan Michael (Autor), Pollan Michael (Autor)
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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence de Michael Pollan (2018)

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After watching a “60 minutes” segment on psychedelics research a couple years earlier, I became mildly intrigued by the topic. This led me to Pollen’s book. Sadly, it might have taken a couple magic mushrooms for me to wade through the tome without becoming a bit restless. I realized a third of the way through that a 15-minute broadcast report on the topic is one thing, and a 480-page narrative is a different fungus. There’s no disputing that the author meticulously traces the history of this phenomenon. But as I hit the one-third mark, the material felt a bit repetitive in numerous spots. I don’t fault the author. Anyone who is looking for a deep-dive into this field will likely be sated. For me, it was a bit much. On the positive side, the final third of the book is the most powerful and fascinating section. Pollen provides a series of vivid anecdotes demonstrating how psychedelics can change behaviors can change and shift outlooks on even the most weighty subjects such as death. Pollen cites experts who are convinced that psychedelics have the potential to “dope – slap“ people into changing destructive or unproductive habits, whether they be addictions or fear of death. The experts hypothesize that these drugs are a “Biological reboot“ of the system – our natural version of control-alt-delete. Psychedelics afford us “mental flexibility“ in which we can let go of the mental models we employ to define our individual realities. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Mar 17, 2021 |
Pretty decent book about psychedelics, but nothing actually new -- just a summary of well-known and well-documented history, and some of the things happening over the past 5-10 years which have been clearly documented by MAPS and others. A good book for people unfamiliar with the history or current state of psychedelics, although I find Michal Pollan's writing sort of unpleasant, and there was excessive boomer content in a lot of places. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Last night I finished reading Michael Pollan's latest book, How to Change Your Mind - What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Penguin Press, 2018). I'd ordered the book pre-publication, so they sent it to me on the day of its release. I'd been happily anticipating the book as I've admired Pollan's previous works very much. His journalism has long dealt with 'Gaia-related' topics and his even-handed, well written and researched presentations have always included the aspects of conciousness at their core. I can unhesitatingly recommend this volume. He presents both a history of modern (1950-70s) 'psychedelic' research studies & explorations and a current report of the newly resumed studies in the many uses of entheogens. This includes both overviews of clinical studies, practices of 'shamanic traditions', and his own personal experiences. I'm sure you'd recognize the names of many of the principle players & circumstances he describes; old friends of psychedelic literature & exploration.

I think it's great that such a thoughtful book would be offered by this well-accomplished 'mainstream' journalist. This can only lend more weight to the general public & our authorities to developing a less reactionary and more sane view of these sacramental benefactors. Pollan, like all of us, is very concerned about how we can continue to sustainably exist as individuals, a society, a species. He sees that there may be some allies, close to hand, that have long been available to help us adjust our perceptions and continue on an evolutionary journey, to grow & to expand rather than self-destructing. "How to change your mind" is a well chosen phrase, an observation that often our 'problems' are ones of perception rather than actual unyielding obstacles. Good work, good book, good gracious. ( )
  064 | Dec 25, 2020 |
This book opened a whole new world to me that I had been taught to never even consider. I have to admit, I’m very curious about what my “journey” could be and the thought of finding out what it feels like to have my ego out of the way is very enticing. Someday, maybe.

I only gave this book 3 stars because I found the content repetitive and longer than necessary. If there’s an abridged version though, it’s definitely worth a glance. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
Always been fascinated by well written works that explore the mind. The strongest recommendation that I can give is that I was constantly asking, well what if?, if that than what about, have the considered? is this the same as? and What about love? ( )
  1Carex | Sep 24, 2020 |
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MIDWAY THROUGH the twentieth century, two unusual new molecules, organic compounds with a striking family resemblance, exploded upon the West. In time, they would change the course of social, political, and cultural history, as well as the personal histories of the millions of people who would eventually introduce them to their brains.
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"A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, 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 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 struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives"--

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