How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

by Michael Pollan


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ISBN-13: 9781594204227
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 2,819
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.


San Francisco Bay Area, California

Date of Birth:

February 6, 1955

Place of Birth:

Long Island, New York


Bennington College, Oxford University, and Columbia University

Table of Contents

Prologue: A New Door 1

Chapter 1 A Renaissance 21

Chapter 2 Natural History: Bemushroomed 82

Coda 128

Chapter 3 History: The First Wave 138

Part I The Promise 144

Part II The Crack-Up 185

Coda 218

Chapter 4 Travelogue: Journeying Underground 221

Trip 1 LSD 237

Trip 2 Psilocybin 254

Trip 3 5-MeO-DMT (or, The Toad) 272

Chapter 5 The Neuroscience: Your Brain on Psychedelics 291

Chapter 6 The Trip Treatment: Psychedelics in Psychotherapy 331

1 Dying 331

2 Addiction 358

3 Depression 375

Coda: Going to Meet My Default Mode Network 390

Epilogue: In Praise of Neural Diversity 397

Glossary 415

Acknowledgments 423

Notes 427

Bibliography 439

Index 447

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
This is a challenging book, both for Pollen to write and for average people to read. If you lived during the "60s", you have ideas of what psychedelics are: how they act, what they do to the user, what type of person uses them. If you read this book, you will find out that your ideas are not totally accurate. There is a history of these "medicines" being used for reasons other than "dropping out". They have been investigated for their healing properties for years. They have also been used (psilocybin in particular) by people for thousands of years. Pollan has given us much to explore and consider. Well done.
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Matthew Maddalena 5 months ago
What a fantastic book! Pollan undertook this at the age of 60, which I find fascinating. Though he grew up during a time when these substances were plentiful and not nearly as scary as people find them today, he does a good job pointing to actual research and practical uses other than "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" doctrine of Leary. He makes a solid case for enthogenic uses and therapeutic uses without giving them a "Let's all have fun at Burning Man" kind of vibe. Having grown up in the 90s when MDMA, Psilocybin, and LSD were everywhere, I find this refreshing. It seems everyone is on one side or the other of this issue: "These drugs are bad and will definitely kill you!" which is as ludicrous to me as "These drugs are totally harmless and actually good for you!". Check out his work tracing back to the dawn of LSD as the years wear on and the War on Drugs strangles use of virtually all psychedelics to his own research and checking with his doctor before deciding to take on three journeys of his own- AT SIXTY YEARS OLD. While much of the book focuses on spiritual growth, it's important to understand that Pollan isn't a spiritual man, by his own admission. Take it for what you will, it's a solid read from a solid author.
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