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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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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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  • Natalia
  • 05-23-18

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
  • 07-11-18

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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  • Thomas Higginson
  • 07-17-18

Loved every second of it

Well narrated and beautifully written. Not all books work on me but this one touched a nerve.

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  • Jack barrett
  • 07-10-18

Bridging the gap

The initiation of psychedelic research into the shelfs of serious popular academia, wiping clean the stigma from the counter culture, paving the way for serious discussion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Fascinating read

Excellent introduction to the new resurgence in psychedelics and their potential to change the way we approach mental health and spirituality. Pollan approaches the subject with a good blend of open mindedness and skepticism.

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  • Lilja Sif Þorsteinsdóttir
  • 07-09-18

Couldn't put it down

Beautifully written and narrated, this book had me spellbound from beginning to end. Jaw dropping.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-18

Good story everyone needs to hear!

Loved it, I think psychedelics offer a significant leap forward in our understanding, and this no nonsense book puts a good case for this point

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  • Betty
  • 07-06-18

This book changed my mind

Both the history and the contemporary science in this book are fascinating and illuminating. It changed my understanding of psychedelics.

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  • Mr. Alan Morrison
  • 06-27-18

Good listen

Very well written and. read, thought provoking ideas delivered in an appetizing format interspersing psychedelic history with his own anecdotes. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-18

Absolutely mind changing! I thought I it know all.

I thought I knew all I should about psychodelics. I was wrong. Great book, great story! one of my favorites!

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  • James
  • 06-14-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-18

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
  • 06-10-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-18

Extremely interesting

Really loved this audio book. Well laid out, not too deep. Intimate story through Michaels psychedelic transformation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-18

Comprehensive look at the benefits of psychedelics

Pollan is easy to listen to with well placed comedy to break up the history lesson, his personal experiences with different compounds and an unreserved openness about his hesitations.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

surprising delight

Absolutely loved this book. I learnt so much and it has really sparked my interest in learning more about the potential of psychadelics.
Superbly narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-18

great insights

well written and read! funny and factual. inspiring and interesting.
highly recommended for knowledge and appreciation of others

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

excellent.

an excellent introduction to the world of psychedelics for the curious with plenty of valuable insights and accounts of the power of the psychedelic experience. my own psychedelic experience has had the tarnish buffed off in a big way.

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  • Robert Watts
  • 07-05-18

An exciting new frontier.

A well written and delivered book about the history and future of a hopeful cure for the modern existentially trapped mind.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-18

Absolutely stellar

To say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book would be the understatement of a lifetime! The way the book carefully treads through the history of psychedelics' use, the experiences the engender in those that take them, and the anecdotal experiences of Michael as he takes them himself is as fascinating (I could hardly stand to go on with my day when I stopped listening to it in the car), as it is informative. A truly fantastic read/listen that I think all with even a modicum of interest in science, philosophy, and the intersection of the two can take something away from.