How to Change Your Mind - Michael Pollan

How to Change Your Mind

By Michael Pollan

  • Release Date: 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Score: 4
4
From 126 Ratings

Description

New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018

A New York Times Notable Book 

The #1 New York Times bestseller.

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 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.

Reviews

  • How to change your mind:

    1
    By Jr4444444
    Elementary account of psychedelics at best. Author is a terrible writer ... first 300 (digital) pages could be summed up in 25! Lack of focus on history/timeline and results very repetitive. I’m shocked this book came so highly recommended and will be an active participant in passing along my negative thoughts and experience with the book should it ever come up in conversation.
  • Very informative

    4
    By Cooliobeans222
    A well-rounded book on psychedelics, not just “trip” stories (although those are here too). Very informative and written in a fairly easy-to-read style. It’s obvious the author spent a great deal of time and effort to understand psychedelics (read “entheogens”). Was occasionally dry due to a bunch of names, dates and science- but well worth the read if interested in the topic.
  • Complete jewish and christian trash

    1
    By mikepollan
    Pathetic
  • Stunning

    5
    By thefonz
    What a transformative and important book, at a time when the world feels as disconnected as can be. We are starting to dive deeper into the meaning of consciousness, and how psychedelics could be used for the betterment of human life and health. Incredibly well written and researched journey. Will read it again.
  • Wonderful and well researched

    5
    By SF gal
    Wonderful read, well researched, I could not put this down and read it in 2 evenings. I was pleasantly surprised to find out a whole body of research had been happening long before Timothy Leary arrived at the altar of transcendence. So unfortunate he did spoil it for the rest of us. I hope continued research will be happening as current treatments and medications for addiction and other MH issues leave much to be desired.
  • How to Change Your Mind

    5
    By Gustafor
    Extremely well researched and written on a topic that could explode in a positive way. Also much appreciated sense of humor on otherwise a very heavy topic.
  • LIFE. CHANGING.

    5
    By Regularnornalaverage
    I'm 20 years old and I can't put this book down. Inspiring to say the least, life changing ideas, and nothing but facts to back it up. To the author; love you and your interest in the subject, brother. Thank you for putting that much more meaning back into my life
  • The book that needed to be written

    5
    By Cavatello
    Read it!
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    5
    By gyyyggggygg
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