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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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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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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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Keep an open mind

Loved every aspect of it and the struggle of the author to accept the esoteric part just as it is. Instead he is trying to reason and find empirical research and provides examples of recent developments in the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. But this doesn't imply that the writing is boring rather it tries to mediate the fact of the profound effect or underlying magic of psychedelic on our minds.

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Didn't like the start so I'm not finishing it

I thought the book was about some techniques to be more productive but instead of that is like an alternative way of using drugs to expand your mind and in that sense get something new back which in my opinion is disappointing

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Excellent book on psychedelics

Balanced views, clear thinking, funny, pleasant voice, great insights I did not have before although I know some things about the topic. Came here after the podcast with sam Harris. Was not disappointed, I highly recommend the book to those interested in psychedelics, its history and application to depression, trauma, terminal illness and last but not least spirituality even for those who don't consider themselves religious.

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all you need to know about psychedelics

Michael Polland did an amazing job talking about the history of psychedelics, how the general public opinion formed and what the futre for psychedelics could be, he is always analytical and down to earth even in his trip reports he makes sense of what he experienced and gives everybody a good understanding how taking psychedelics feels like..

I was experimenting with those drugs when I was younger at the age of 20 and in recent years now at the age of 40 I thought about going back to experience some more, work pushed me too far in a pattern of perfection and I started to get depressed and life felt like I'm missing out on something, Pollands book is the ideal guide to get into the material again..

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Breathtaking, a must read!

Don't miss it, fascinating, compelling, it has live changing qualities, change for the better that is!

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game changer

This an excellent and profound book both on the history and the potential of the use of psychodelics. It sheds light on many misconceptions of the past that have falsely put psychodelics in the same category of addictive drugs - while the contrary is actually the case with psychodelics having an important healing contribution to make to our society. Michael Pollan has done an amazing job in covering the subject both from an analytical as well as personal perspective. Finally he points at the future challenges our society needs to solve in order to find ways to integrate a sensible use with the right set & setting. Thank you Michael for this important contribution!!!

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Super recherchiert, sehr hörenswert

Michael Pollan hat eine wundervolle Stimme und trägt sein Buch genau so wie es sein soll vor. Ich habe es sehr genossen, ihm zuzuhören. Mir war das Buch zu schnell zu Ende, und da er die Erfahrung mit Ayahuasca ganz ans Ende stellte, hoffe ich auf mehr und vertiefte Erkenntnisse in einem weiteren Buch von ihm zu dieser Schamanenpflanze.
M.E. vermittelt er mit diesem Buch wichtige Informationen zu einem Thema, das sich gerade im Wandel befindet. Ich bewundere seinen Mut, die Prägung seiner Zeit zu überwinden, und seine Selbstversuche so ehrlich und klar zu beschreiben.
Er ist ein erfahrener Autor, der seine Recherchen gründlich betreibt und sich aufs Schreiben versteht. Hoffentlich trägt sein Buch dazu bei, dass sich gerade in medizinischen Umfeld die Verbote lockern und die vielen Menschen, die unter Krankheiten leiden, bei denen Psychedelika helfen könnten, diese Hilfe in absehbarer Zeit auf legale Weise erhalten können.

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great book

really well written / spoken book. It gives a good picture of different psychadelic drugs and how they work / affect you. It also gives a good cans concise historical account of how they became known and used by humans.

Overall a really good book and definitely worthy of its title.

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