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The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience
     

The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience

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by Benny Shanon
 

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This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, and analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective. He also presents some philosophical reflections. Empirically, the research

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This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, and analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective. He also presents some philosophical reflections. Empirically, the research presented in this book is based on the systematic recording of the author's extensive experiences with the brew and on the interviewing of a large number of informants: indigenous people, shamans, members of different religious sects using Ayahuasca, and travellers. In addition to its being the most thorough study of the Ayahuasca experience to date, the book lays the theoretical foundations for the psychological study of non-ordinary states of consciousness in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199252930
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Benny Shanon is a Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holder of the Mandel Chair in Cognition.

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The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This thorough, personal, scientific, literary, and informed study of the phenomenology of ayahuasca is a real masterpiece. The cognitive psychology is demanding at times, but the effort is well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago