The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche [NOOK Book]

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One of the most important books written on the effects of LSD on the human psyche.


• Its authoritative research has great relevance to the current debate on drug legalization.


• Prolific authors Robert Masters and Jean Houston are pioneer figures in the field of transpersonal psychology and founders of the Human Potentials Movement.


The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience was published in 1966, just as the first legal restrictions on the use of psychedelic substances were ...

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The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience: The Classic Guide to the Effects of LSD on the Human Psyche

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Overview


One of the most important books written on the effects of LSD on the human psyche.


• Its authoritative research has great relevance to the current debate on drug legalization.


• Prolific authors Robert Masters and Jean Houston are pioneer figures in the field of transpersonal psychology and founders of the Human Potentials Movement.


The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience was published in 1966, just as the first legal restrictions on the use of psychedelic substances were being enacted. Unfortunately, the authors' pioneering work on the effects of LSD on the human psyche, which was viewed by its participants as possibly heralding a revolution in the study of the mind, was among the casualties of this interdiction. As a result, the promising results to which their studies attested were never fully explored. Nevertheless, their 15 years of research represents a sober and authoritative appraisal of what remains one of the most controversial developments in the study of the human psyche. Avoiding the wild excesses taken by both sides on this issue, this book is unique for the light it sheds on the possibilities and the limitations of psychedelic drugs, as well as on the techniques for working with them. With drug legalization an increasingly important issue, The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience provides a welcome and much needed contrast to the current hysteria that surrounds this topic.

Robert Masters and Jean Houston are well-known pioneers of modern consciousness research and were both among the founders of the Human Potentials Movement. They also coauthored Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space. Among the books Robert Masters has written are Eros and Evil and The Goddess Sekhmet. Jean Houston is also the author of A Passion for the Possible, Godseed, and A Mythic Life.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Timothy Leary
"A wonderful book . . . the best book ever written in this complicated field."
Dr. Stanley Krippner
"The most brilliant volume available dealing with the psychedelic experience."
Alan Watts
"I consider the book very important and worthwhile. It is all in the right direction; it gives very sound directives for controlling the use of psychedelics instead of merely repressing them."
Doctor - Timothy Leary
"A wonderful book . . . the best book ever written in this complicated field."
Doctor - Stanley Krippner
"The most brilliant volume available dealing with the psychedelic experience."
From the Publisher
"A wonderful book . . . the best book ever written in this complicated field."

"Fascinating . . . provocative . . . The first description of the multiplicity of experiences available through these drugs presented in a manner oriented to western culture and experimental research."

"I consider the book very important and worthwhile. It is all in the right direction; it gives very sound directives for controlling the use of psychedelics instead of merely repressing them."

"The most brilliant volume available dealing with the psychedelic experience."

"Beautifully written . . . Masters and Houston are offering what amounts to a whole new system of psychopathology."

New York Times Book Review
"Beautifully written . . . Masters and Houston are offering what amounts to a whole new system of psychopathology."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594775369
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 636,729
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Masters and Jean Houston are well-known pioneers of modern consciousness research and were both among the founders of the Human Potentials Movement. They also coauthored Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space and The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience. Among the books Robert Masters has written are Eros and Evil and The Goddess Sekhmet.

Jean Houston and Robert Masters are well-known pioneers of modern consciousness research and were both among the founders of the Human Potentials Movement. They also coauthored Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space and The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience. Jean Houston is also the author of A Passion for the Possible, Godseed, and A Mythic Life. She resides in New York.

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Table of Contents


Preface

1. SomeVarieties of the Psychedelic Experience
2. History and Controversy
3. Experiencing the Body and Body Image
4. Experiencing Other Persons
5. The Guide
6. The World of the Nonhuman
7. The Voyage Inward
8. Psyche and Symbol
9. Religious and Mystical Experience

Epilogue

Notes
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