What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin: Mind-Altering Essays on Marijuana

What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin: Mind-Altering Essays on Marijuana


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What is it like to be high on marijuana? Can a cannabis high help to remember long gone events, to fuel your imagination, to work creatively, to come to introspective and other insights, to empathically understand others, and to personally grow? How much did cannabis inspire outstanding thinkers, artists and musicians like Charles Baudelaire, Rudyard Kipling, Walter Benjamin, Billie Holiday, Diego Rivera, John Lennon, Carl Sagan, Hal Ashby, and so many others? And how much did the marijuana high positively transfom our society?

"What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin - Mind-Altering Essays on Cannabis" is a collection of 20 groundbreaking neurophilosophically inspired essays on the astounding positive potential of the cannabis high. The essays summarize more than ten years of Marincolos research and are written for a wide audience. This deep new exploration of the marijuana high as an altered state of consiousness addresses educated marijuana users and their relatives, medical cannabis professionals and patients, as well as neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers interested in the subject of altered states of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783981771206
Publisher: Dr. Sebastian Schulz
Publication date: 11/20/2015
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. phil. Sebastián Marincolo is a former student of the philosophers William G. Lycan, Simon Blackburn, and Manfred Frank. His research focuses on the philosophy of mind, neurocognition, and on altered states of mind. Marincolo has published various articles on the marijuana high, co-edited bewusstseinserweiterungen ("mind expansions"), an issue of the German internetzine "parapluie", and published three books on the marijuana high: the study "High. Insights on Marijuana" (Dogearpublishing, Indiana, USA, 2010), the essay collection, "High. Das positive Potential von Marijuana" (in German, Klett Cotta/Tropen, Stuttgart, Germany, 2013), which contains his macro art series "The Art of Cannabis", and the essay collection "What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin" (Khargala Press 2015).

Marincolo also worked with marijuana expert Harvard Associate Prof. Emeritus Lester Grinspoon on a book project. For more than five years he was a creative director and consultant for one of the biggest foundations in Germany and has more than 25 years of experience as a freelance photographer. His art photography from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bali and other places has been shown in various exhibitions and art galleries in Germany and the U.S. He is currently living in Stuttgart, Germany, and works as a freelance writer, creative consultant and photographer.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Joe Dolce

Part I Turn On

1-Cannabis, Mind Enhancements, and Culture
2-Just Another Altered State of Consciousness
3-Marijuana, Dopes, and Cognitive Enhancements
4-GUINEA - A Guerrilla-Neurophilosophical Approach to High Science

Part II Tune In

5-The Zen-Effect of Marijuana
6-Marijuana and the Enhancement of Episodic Memory
7-Marijuana and The Power of Imagination
8-Marijuana and The Slowdown of Time Perception
9-Marijuana, Pattern Recognition, and What it Means to be 'High'
10-The Effects of Marijuana on Body Image Perception
11-Marijuana, Empathy, and Severe Cases of Autism
12-Marijuana, Reading, and Language Understanding
13-Marijuana and Creativity. A Love Story
14-Personal Transformation with Marijuana

Part III Inspire

15-Vipers, Muggles, and The Evolution of Jazz
16-What Hashish Did To Walter Benjamin
17-The Most Powerful Drug Used by Mankind
18-An Unusual Argument for the Legalization of Marijuana
19-Carl Sagan, Cannabis, and the Right Brain Hemisphere

Appendix Off to New Shores

20-Vaporizer Highs

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