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    New York Times Book Review - 10 Best Books of 2018

    A New York Times Notable Book

    The number-one New York Times best seller.

    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 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 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.

    ©2018 Michael Pollan (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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    Changing your mind has seldom been so interesting

    I had rarely heard the word 'psychedelics' before encountering this audio book, recommended by Yuval Noah Harari in The Guardian Review. Michael Pollan has done a compelling research on a topic that has had little importance or interest in my life so far and a negative touch to it. This book reveals a great varieties in which to meet and undertand psychedelics, casting light on different ways of perceiving their impact on our society - both historically and with an attempt to look at their future, while also being a very personal encounter. I highy enjoyed listenig to the author reading his book and it sparked of some quite interesting discussions with myself so far.

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    Changed my mind

    Helped me a lot changing my perspective and it gives you a lot of inside in the world as a whole.

    If you look for for something new a new way of thinking this is your book

    Also if you just wanna learn something this is it aswell

    Or if you are on the edge of taking any drugs this is it aswell

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    Too much anecdotes, but interesting topic

    To my taste, the author spends too much time in anecdotes and description of different psychodelic experiences. Good recap of the history of psychodelic research and last two chapters get more in touch with current trends, but at a superficial level. Rare mix of personal journey and history of psychodelic research and prospects.

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    What a great book!

    I enjoyed the book not only content wise but the author also does a great job of reading it in a clear way.

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    The human brain studies have a long way to go.

    Loved it, some chapters sounded repetitive. A new insight into the most complex phenomena of mankind: consciousness.

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    Great introduction into an uncommon topic

    Taught me a lot about a subject I was not at all familiar with, but which might become more relevant in the near future of medicine.

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    Loved it

    This book is very eye opening and entertaining. I also really enjoyed how Michael Pollan himself read it out loud. Highly recommend this audio book.

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    An inspiring & informative experience

    This book was a wonderful and careful introduction to the history of psychedelic research, fit for people familiar with the topic and people who've never heard of psychedelics. It afforded me with plenty of moments for reflection and contemplation. I loved the fact it was narrated by the author! I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone.

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    Wild and wonderful

    If you're a curious nature, a naturalist, or simply slightly tending towards negating the conventional understanding of drug use, this book will be a trip!

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    Finally

    Our culture needs this book to restart the conversation about psychedelics. The strength of this book is, in my mind, two fold. The first is the extensive research Michael has done for it; it is immediately clear that this is a serious endevour, not some wigged out hippie's soap box. And two, that he starts from the default position, which is that of a skeptic. Michael is nearly the same age as my parents, and his initial outlook and biases against psychedelics was very familiar to me. It is for this reason I think this book can be transformative as others who share his initial views can potentially, logically, come full circle.

    The only criticism I have is that he too often was making excuses for thoughts that he assumed could come off as unprobable or strange. Personally, there was nothing controversial about the musings or conclusions he put forward, it was all totally obvious stuff. That said, he may have done this to directly speak to more skeptical people.


    Well done, Michael! And thank you.