Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousnessWhen 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 a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness....
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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics Reviews
This is a pretty interesting book about an extremely fascinating subject.
I struggled over whether to give it 3 or 4 stars but went for 4 because it does cover a lot of ground in a readable and relatively engaging manner.
What I liked about it was the broad overview of the history of psychedelics, the anecdotal stories from those who had pioneered psychedelic research in the 50s and 60s and most of all the final chapter on the applications of psychedelics to addiction, depression and end of life a ...more
I have been fascinated by psychedelics ever since I experienced psilocybin a few years ago and experienced an almost immediate loss of some negative habits that had been having a negative effect on my mental health. Michael Pollan's perspective was particularly attractive to me because I already have a lot of respect for him after reading In Defense of Food and The Omnivores Dilemma. His approach is skeptical and honest, and I found that he wrote with a candid tone that I hadn't heard in his oth ...more
A few weeks ago, I was raving here about the first book I ever read by participatory journalist Michael Pollan, 2006's The Omnivore's Dilemma which permanently changed the way I now shop at grocery stores; and now I can say that I've had an equally great experience with my second Pollan book, his newest, the 600-page behemoth How to Change Your Mind, which looks at all the latest post-hippie, 21st-century, Western-medicine research into the links between psychedelic drugs, mental health, mindful ...more
This is a must-read for psychonauts and anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of psychedelics. Pollan shows us how psychedelics have been a part of different societies for healing, how psychedelics entered American culture, how it was used by therapists for healing patients, what led to it being outlawed, and how it has been starting to get a resurgence today. He also documents his own personal adventure to LSD, psilocybin, 5-MeO-DMT, and other tryptamines. You'll leave the book with a g ...more
I thought the writing was great but the more I read, the less interested I became in this topic. One description of someone’s trip was fine, by the tenth description I was bored.
Self and Spirit define the opposite ends of a spectrum, but that spectrum needn't reach clear to the heavens to have meaning for us. It can stay right here on earth. When the ego dissolves, so does a bounded conception not only of ourself but of our self-interest. What emerges in its place is invariably a broader, more open-hearted and altruistic – that is, more spiritual – idea of what matters in life. One in which a new sense of connection, or love, however defined, seems to figure prominentl...more
The history of psychadelic use did not interest me, although some of the stories surrounding the counter culture did help me to see a better glimpse of political and historical events happening in the background of my childhood. I was extremely interested in the idea of psychdelics as aids in managing depression and anxiety disorders, as well as its uses in pallative care and addictive behaviors.
Remember: I work with teenagers and young adults.
As I was reading, I was thinking about the idea ...more
63rd book for 2018.
Pollan offers a great up-to-date of account of the new psychedelic revolution currently underway, lead in no small part by the gradual loosening of restrictions on research over the last two decades that have been in place since the early 1970s.
It's an area I know relatively well, and thought Pollan did a good grounded job of reviewing both the history and current science, though I found his style sometimes a little annoying. (Too positive? Too self-satisfied with life?).
To p ...more