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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Change Your Mind, written and read by Michael Pollan. 

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 counterculture, 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? 

Diving deep into this extraordinary world and putting himself forward as a guinea pig, Michael Pollan has written a remarkable history of psychedelics and a compelling portrait of the new generation of scientists fascinated by the implications of these drugs. How to Change Your Mind is a report from what could very well be the future of human consciousness.

©2018 Michael Pollan (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"His approach is steeped in honesty and self-awareness. His cause is just, his thinking is clear, and his writing is compelling." (Washington Post)

"An easy-going humane generosity...mischievous self-regard...as if Henry David Thoreau had had an encounter with Woody Allen and never been quite the same since." (Simon Schama)

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Brilliant

I cannot begin to explain just how good this book is. The subject matter is so well researched. The writing style is amazing and Michael Pollan as narrator is just fantastic. As a trainee psychiatrist, I learnt so much more about my profession and yes, got a little bit excited about about what this means for our profession and for our patients (and for the rest of humanity).

I'll be listening to this one again for sure. Absolutely the best book I've listened to this year, hands down.

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Dive Deeper

Pollons voice as he recounts us with the history of phycadelic research and the re-awakening of phycadelic assisted therapy is almost intoxicating in its self, Creating a desire to learn more.

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  • Mike
  • Brisbane
  • 10-06-2018

The Best Book i have ever read

Times are changing and this book has come at the perfect time. like my heading says.. its the best.
Get it, you wont be disappointed.. The peoples accounts of their trips alone have impacted me in a way that I don't think I need to try psychedelics. Thank you Michael Pollan. 5 stars.

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highly recommend!

I loved this book. Pollan reexamines role of psychadelics not only for medical purpose, but also how they might be of benefit for "healthy normals". Must read.

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Completely changed my views!

Michael Pollan branches outside of his well-traversed food territory and delves deep into psychedelics. There is so much covered in this story: of course, psilocybin’s discovery and the history of the rise in popularity of psychedelic medicines, the (counter)culture around these drugs and the rapid denouement when politicians feared that hippies were ruining the world. But also vivid retelling of people’s (including his own) trips, the modern revival of psychedelics and how they’re now being used in assisted therapies.
Brilliantly written and narrated too, it definitely changed my mind about psychedelics.

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Must read for anyone who wants to open their mind

An absolutely charming book that opened my mind to new perspectives on the use of psychedelics and their potential for use as therapeutics. Debunks fears and concerns about their use while also closely following the journey of Michael Pollen. Fantastic!

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A journey through the unconscious

Pollan is an excellent science communicator. Psychedelics are such a novel and interesting way to tackle a problem that appears to be growing exponentially.

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An eye opening listen

Absolutely loved it, found myself putting it on wherever I could. Have and would reccomend it to anyone

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Awe

An intellectual and accurate representation of psychedelic experiences. This book left me with the feeling of wonder and awe.

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The best update on this field around

Do yourself a favour and read this book. It is well written and highly informative. Excellent balance between the exploratory and the critical.

If you want the cheese to go with the wine here read this book in combination with (for example) Susan Blackmore’s Seeing Myself. What’s on offer is a way of joining together the modern world view and the universe of far out anomalous experiences. Indeed the former (on which much of modern science is founded) become a special steady state instance of the broader world of experiential plasticity and construction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-2018

A stunning summary of all things psychedelic

Michael Pollan has gathered a vast knowledge of psychedelic history, science and experience. He weaves this together in a deeply interesting and entertaining way. thank you!

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  • Jaime
  • 26-08-2018

Well done. A must read

A fantastic, equally objective journey into psychedelics for our collective betterment. Bravo, Michael Pollan. The narration (by the author) is also excellent.

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  • Jerome
  • 26-07-2018

Amazing book...I felt every bit of the experience.

wait wait wait wait...let me see how I can describe this....engaging, informative and extremely entertaining...🎤

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  • Mary Ann Cullinan
  • 25-07-2018

A trustworthy and excellently researched book

Took away loads of new information, as well insights applicable for my own experiential journeys in this domain.
The author is a born narrator (as well as a compelling writer).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-2018

Well researched, interesting listen

Great overview of the history of psychedelics. Very well researched. Coming from the perspective of a materialst, The addition of the authors personal experience with these substances was intriguing. Only didn't get 5 stars because the later chapters felt like they were a bit repetitive.

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  • Natalia
  • 23-05-2018

an absolute must.

at last a broad scope well researched and written review of important subject that we denied by the misguided establishment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-2018

life changing

Life changing, revolutionary, witty and self effacing but underpinned by scientific study and historical exposition. This book is essential reading, an eloquent and entertaining starting point for further research and exploration. recommended for anyone wishing to progress in their understanding of cognition, and break through the rigid barriers imposed ruthlessly by age.

This book is also a glimmer of hope for people affected by mental health disorders, or find themselves lost in endless cycles (spirals) of rumination and fixation.

if your cynicism or skepticism is putting you off consider this:

The FDA(!) is one of the main institutions driving this research, forced into a more progressive stance given the terrible state of mental health care in the USA .

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  • ben fullerton
  • 19-09-2018

Title lives up to its name

A wonderfully thought out dive into the history and future of psychedelics and the potentials benefits of which we've only just scratched the surface, interspersed with some great anecdotes this is a very entertaining and educational listen 👌🏾

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  • Emily Labram
  • 17-09-2018

Fascinating and inspiring listen

I just loved this book. It brought the world of psychedelic research to life, a world completely unknown to me. And then the author's own journey with psychedelic medicines was also thrilling and relatable. The book has kindled in me a newfound interest in fungi of all kinds and left me impressed by the potential of these unique substances, and the insights they offer. A masterpiece of journalism and a brave and important memoir.

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  • yannick jacob
  • 04-09-2018

a game changer in a most accessible format

an excellent account of the state of research in this incredibly exciting field mixed with personal insights and experiences. Thank you Michael for raising awareness on a broad level!

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  • David Cordner
  • 31-08-2018

Quite simply the best book on this subject!

I love this book, it's such an informative, thoughtful and detailed account of a subject matter that is so important, and offers so much potential to us all. Michael's interwoven personal story adds such great perspective which adds depth, without any mumbo jumbo BS. A great history lesson of the world of psychedelics, and a intriguing account of what's going on in today's research. u have read dozens of books on this subject,and this is the best. Thank you Michael.

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  • Courtney123
  • 29-08-2018

loved both the story and the narration.

Thanks to Michael Pollan for covering such an important yet controversial story so bravely. Highly recommended.

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  • Robbstar
  • 24-08-2018

Some really Intresting ideas. Definitely worth

Some really Intresting ideas. Definitely worth a listen if your interested in entheogens, the mind, mystical states etc

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  • Robert Goldie
  • 19-08-2018

fascinating insight into psychedelics and the mind

fascinating insight into psychedelics and the mind. well structured and covers lots of interesting data as well as experiences

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  • Mealanzo
  • 04-08-2018

super interesting in unexpected ways

crammed full of super interesting studies and experiences that really shook my current understanding. Although discussing potentially verg technical ideas, the author does incredibly well to keep the tone fun and moves quickly. Would recommend to anyine