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How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Michael Pollan

4.56 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 17 May 2018
ISBN: 9780241294222
  • The GuardianBook of the Day
4 stars out of 5
22 May 2018

"sweeping and often thrilling chronicle of the history of psychedelics"

How to Change Your Mind is Pollan’s sweeping and often thrilling chronicle of the history of psychedelics... this is a serious work of history and science... It is to Pollan’s credit that, while he ranks among the best of science writers, he’s willing, when necessary, to abandon that genre’s fixation on materialist explanation as the only path to understanding... How to Change Your Mind is at its most gripping in the moments when Pollan, with a wry nod to the sceptical rationalist he always thought he was, allows himself to wonder if they might actually be right.

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  • The New York TimesBest Book of the Year
5 stars out of 5
4 Jun 2018

"an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer"

Unlike many best-selling nonfiction writers, Pollan doesn’t write self-help books that cross-dress as narrative nonfiction. He’s entirely too skeptical for that. At the same time, though, he’s an often relentlessly sunny, affirmative writer... Pollan’s literary persona has a rare, almost Thoreauvian affect: the lovable scold... He writes, often remarkably, about what he experienced under the influence of these drugs... 

4 stars out of 5
17 May 2018

"Pollan journeys through the rich and surprising history of psychedelics"

Pollan, 63, is not your average psychonaut. The author of a number of American bestsellers on food and plants, he is sober-minded, methodical and more used to experimenting with sauerkraut than his own consciousness... Pollan journeys through the rich and surprising history of psychedelics... Yes, he’s aware how silly it sounds when he describes how an old tree held the spirit of his elderly parents... He has a good go at explaining how the drugs work too...