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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
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  • 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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great insight into a fascinating subject

it was a well written great insights into the world of mind altering drugs.the also do a fantastic job writing and narrating this book highly recommended.

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Change your perspective.

Science backing up mythology surrounding psychadelics. At times delved into the weeds of history but was interspersed with poignant and engaging personal stories. Pollan went into regions I previously would not tread which in turn opened my eyes to new possibilities

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Absolutely exceptional!

Masterfully written, Chris provides insight into a field, that once was relegated to obscurity but now is looks to be on the precipice of societal acceptance. I hope this isn't the last we hear of Chris' journeys.

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the perfect writer for this story

... and the perfect time for writing it... enjoy worth a cup of earl grey tea, milk and raw sugar to taste, have a nice day

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Brilliant

A great historical and contemporary appraisal of the psychedelic landscape. Author does a great job with the narration.

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Excellence in documenting life experience

Michael really covers the topic well and is both a great writer and story teller. Highly recommended!

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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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  • 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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  • Ursula
  • 22-10-2018

A real education

This is a superb book, which deals with a subject loaded with preconception with scientific and investigative rigor, beautiful language, and an honesty and feeling that is very touching. well done to Michael Pollan on a subject well researched and artfully presented. and to the narrator on a great job conveying it!

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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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  • Phillip
  • 28-09-2018

loved this book from start to finish

It is so easy to listen to Michael Pollan, I learned so much from this book. If this is a subject that interests you I highly recommend listening to this book its amazing :)

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2018

an awesome new perspective

thank you Michael for sharing your hard work with the world. your doing God's work

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  • kristian Kent
  • 24-10-2018

really enlightening and even handed

Michael pollan gives a really even handed treatment of this material. naturally psychedelics do seem to encourage a certain amount of new age hokum in people, but rather than dismiss this philosophy out of hand, he instead gives it a fair and patient treatment (which is certainky more than I would do) seeing the value in it...even from the point of view of a self professed cynic. This then means that when he gets to the promising new science and potential clinical applications he doesn't gush and go overboard claiming it's the best thing since antibiotics.

all in all this was a fascinating listen, and the sections regarding the default mode network have really affected me and made me reflect on how I interact with people (basically be a bit more patient and empathetic), and how people I love and care about could benefit from this book... maybe they don't need to take some 'shrooms but they could certainly do with understanding the process of getting stuck in mental ruts/though patterns.

excellent book and very well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-10-2018

Very insightful, intelligent and eye opening

A fascinating listen and should be taken seriously this could help many people in the long run.

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  • David
  • 12-10-2018

Exceptional

exceptional story, fascinating and tantalizingly optimistic. also very well narrated. loved it. want more please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-2018

Life changing!

An incredible, honest, credible account on the power of psychedelics and the importance to humanity

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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 👌🏾