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How to Change Your Mind
- By: Michael Pollan
- Narrated by: Michael Pollan
- Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it seemed to researchers, scientists and doctors as if the world might be on the cusp of psychological revolution. It promised to shed light on the deep mysteries of consciousness, as well as offer relief to addicts and the mentally ill. But in the 1960s, with the vicious backlash against the counter-culture, all further research was banned. In recent years, however, work has quietly begun again on the amazing potential of LSD, psilocybin and DMT. Could these drugs in fact improve the lives of many people?
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- By Dean Travers on 12-01-2019
Entertaining but lacking insight
An entertaining listen, particularly the history of psychedelics, personal stories and other accounts of those who have used psychedelics and the strong positive correlations for therapeutic use.
It’s a bit disturbing however that the author shows an obvious ignorance or even possibly an alterior motive when itcomes to the topic of science (and religion).
The author shows a disturbing lack of awareness of the meaning of a scientific “theory”, in one portion lumping the words “hunches” and “theories” together as though they equate to the same thing. Hi m several occasions he does use fallacious logic to draw false dichotomies between science and religion where none exist, and even goes so far as to say in the closing changer “Matter may not be as innocent of mind as the materialist would have us believe” and then actually goes on to quote findings of quantum science and quantum physics which is, by definition, MATERIALISM! (To quote a classic movie: “I don’t think that word means what you think it means”).
Please, if you’re going to use words - it’s important to understand what those words mean, particularly if you’re an author, OR if you do understand what they mean, please do not use them to mislead to your readers or listeners.
This will probably only annoy those of us who actually understand science and/or have a strong science background, but perhaps that makes it even more important.
Overall, 3/5 stars. I enjoyed it, but as a majority of the topic is about the science of psychedelics the author would benefit from actually understanding what science is.
A bit disappointed considering how highly this book was recommended.
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