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How to change your mind : what the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression, and transcendence

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reportage literature
Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pollan, Michael.
How to change your mind.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018010396
Named Person: Michael Pollan; Michael Pollan; Michael Pollan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Pollan
ISBN: 9781594204227 1594204225
OCLC Number: 1006811060
Description: xii, 465 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: A new door --
A renaissance --
Natural history : bemushroomed ; Coda --
History : the first wave. The promise ; The crack-up ; Coda --
Travelogue : journeying underground. Trip one : LSD ; Trip two : psilocybin ; Trip three : 5-MeO-DMT (or, the toad) --
The neuroscience : your brain on psychedelics --
The trip treatment : psychedelics in psychotherapy. One : dying ; Two : addiction ; Three : depression ; Coda : going to meet my default mode network --
Epilogue: In praise of neural diversity.
Responsibility: Michael Pollan.

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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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