How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Author: Michael Pollan
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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence


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by yboris   2019-01-20
A worthy read on the subject of psychedelics: How To Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan:

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

I så fall synes jeg du skal lese denne også:

Og kanskje ta en tur hit:

Så vil du kanskje skjønne hva jeg mener.

Hvis du tør da ;)

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

> Betale for en tur til Nederland for at de skal innse common sense?

Kan jo opprette et tilbud her hjemme også, noe jeg forøvrig jobber med om dagen. Skal heller ikke se bort fra folk på begge sider av debatten hadde hatt godt av litt mer "common sense" som du velger å kalle det ;)

> innføre økonomiske sanksjoner som sannsynligvis har mye større påvirkningskraft?

En særdeles kortsiktig løsning, som ikke kommer til å løse noen ting.

> Byråkratiet velger alltid den billigste løsningen.

Min løsning har potensiale til å spare samfunnet for millliarder og ikke minst en usansynlig stor mengde unødige lidelse.

Kanskje burde du lese litt mer om den:

Og om du ikke er en leser, kan du ta en titt på disse i første omgang:

by stalematedizzy   2019-01-13

Denne er fortsatt til deg:

by crazygringo   2018-12-26
Michael Pollan: How to Change Your Mind [1]

Not just about an utterly fascinating topic (psychadelic drugs), in terms of history (LSD turning from a scientific wonder drug to illegal), his personal experiences, and the neuroscience behind it, but also just extremely well-written -- a real page-turner. A crazy potent combination of science, spirituality (from a skeptic), and narrative. I expect his book will be a significant part of why psychadelic drugs will be legalized in the near future specifically for therapeutic purposes.

Also +1 for 2017's Why We Sleep [2]. After reading it, I couldn't believe how shockingly ignorant I'd been of how I spend a full third of my life, and how much it affects the other two-thirds -- and the degree to which a lack of sleep prevents us from perceiving the effects of lack of sleep, in a kind of vicious cycle.



by fmihaila   2018-11-20
> As with anything, too much of a good thing can be detrimental: hyperactivity of the DMN has been linked with things like schizophrenia, anxiety, and ADHD. [...] It's interesting that things like meditation (and apparently psychedelics) can quiet the DMN and bring clarity and happiness in people by doing so.

The discovery of the default mode network (DMN) and the role it plays in our perception of reality are also mentioned in "How to Change Your Mind", a recent book by Michael Pollan [1], which examines in great depth all the issues you mention and more. I highly recommend it to those interested in the nature of consciousness.


by 299152595   2018-11-10

Okay, thank you.

If you're interested in the topic, Michael Pollan just wrote a book about it. Here's a link to it on Amazon.

by ctphillips   2018-11-10

I agree with /u/autotom. The hallucinatory effects are somewhat mild and are more pronounced when your eyes are closed or you spend time staring into the details of a specific object or image. The primary effect is on your thought processes. If you're the kind of person that likes to maintain a sober, responsible public personality and a strict, linear line of thinking - you may have a bad time. The best thing to do is to allow it to take your brain on its journey and not fight the experience. Acid will mess with your thought processes for the few hours that it affects your mind. But if you can just remember that you're safe and that you will arrive at your destination no worse for wear, then you may be able to enjoy it and get something out of the experience. "Set and setting" are critical! Set refers to mindset - go into the experience openly and allow your thoughts to move freely, without concern for how wildly different this is from your day to day experience. Setting refers to your physical setting - make sure your surroundings are comfortable and safe. Ideally, you should have a sober partner with you, one who is trustworthy and will not judge and who has hopefully had similar experiences in their past. You should have some good music to listen to and interesting things to interact with or look at. If you follow these guidelines, you'll be just fine. LSD is non-toxic and if used responsibly, shouldn't cause any lasting damage or side effects.

My experiences with acid are long in the past. I didn't follow these guidelines and didn't have such a great time. I personally find pure THC powder (stirred into a cup of hot tea, for example) a much milder and more enjoyable experience. The same guidelines apply.

If you're really interested in the psychedelic experience, I strongly recommend reading Pollan's How To Change Your Mind . I should also say that I don't recommend these drugs for anyone whose mind isn't "mature" - generally speaking, anyone under the age of 25. In fact, so long as the guidelines are followed, I would actually endorse it for almost anyone over that age who is willing to try! Use responsibly and you'll be all right.

by draginfly   2018-11-10

The Omnivore's Dilemma is excellent and you should definitly read it! Right now I'm reading his newest, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychadelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence , which is quite a mouthful.

by PsychadelicGarden   2018-11-10

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan. Great book where he does go into a lot of studies and the science behind psychs but also blends his unique, very personal and narrative-like writing style into it. Here's a great "intro" to the book in a New York Times article - what got me to buy the book.

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