How to Change Your Mind Book By Michael Pollan (PDF-Book-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence Book By Michael Pollan How to Change Your Mind tells the long and storied history of psychedelic drugs, from their turbulent heyday in the 1960s to the counter-movement and the resulting backlash. Through his coverage of the recent resurgence in this field of research, as well as his own personal use of psychedelics through a "mental travel diary," Pollan seeks to illuminate not only the mechanics of drugs themselves but also the inner workings of the human being. mind and consciousness.

The book is organized into six chapters with an epilogue:
A rebirth
Natural history: Bemushroomed
History: the first wave
Travel Diary: Traveling Underground
Neuroscience: Your Brain on Psychedelics
Travel treatment: psychedelics in psychotherapy
Michael Pollan has been interviewed about the book on popular podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show and The Kevin Rose Show.

Book Details
Genres: Biography, Autobiography

Book Summary
Could psychedelic drugs change our view of the world? One of America's most admired writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness.

When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists, and doctors that the world could be on the cusp of a 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 backlash against the counterculture, all subsequent investigations were banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly started anew on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin, and DMT. Could these drugs improve the lives of many people? By diving deep into this extraordinary world and presenting himself 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 an account of what the future of human consciousness could very well be.

Book Review
Michael Pollan, whose curiosity about our eating habits led to thoughtful and culturally transformative writing on The Omnivore's Dilemma and, more recently, Food Rules here explores the potential of psilocybin and other psychedelics for spiritual and emotional type transformation. As recounted in How to Change Your Mind, a fascinating, sometimes poignant look at the history and uses of psychoactive compounds, Pollan avoided such drugs in his youth, but was intrigued later in life by the opportunity to “Becoming more 'open' —Especially at this age, when the grooves of mental habit have been so deeply etched that they seem inescapable.” And then there was the possibility of experiencing a spiritual epiphany: “touching the face of God,” as he put it an ecstatic user. Pollan's natural skepticism and wry humor dovetail well with the detailed accounts he includes of mind-blowing travel-induced revelations. Ultimately, whether such experiences lead to a genuine understanding of, say, the origins of the universe or what to expect after death seems less interesting to Pollan than the hope that psychedelics offer to people suffering from depression, addiction, and illness. sharp des. Can magic mushrooms be used more widely for "the betterment of healthy people"? Readers who begin reading Pollan's book with doubts about the responsible use of psychedelics may find their own minds changed by its captivating, enlightened, and persuasive combination of journalistic and personal research. "I felt like I was standing on the edge of an open border, squinting to make out something wonderful," he writes, and with him as our guide, so do we.

About The Author of The Book Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

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