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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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.

Amazon Link

by innergamedude   2018-11-10

Don't reinvent the wheel. Michael Pollan has thoughtfully explored the question of spiritual transcendence through drugs and meditation personally. I came to be aware of the book through this podcast interview.

by MyMainIsLevel80   2018-11-10

Your brain swims in a chemical bath of its own making every single day. Reality is based on these chemicals and the signals they send to the brain. I see no difference between using drugs and not. Psychedelics largely regulate serotonin, no different than "prescribed medicines", which you seem to be unfairly placing on a different playing field. Unprescribed drugs like LSD or psilocybin are arguably better understood in their long-term effects than Zoloft or similar drugs. SSRIs are horribly addictive, despite any claims to the contrary.

Psychedelics are anti-addictive, if anything. Not only are they not physically addictive in the slightest, but the last thing I think after a trip is, "man, I need to take more drugs!" Some people use them as tools for escape--I've been guilty of it myself--but you're almost inevitably going to have a bad time if you don't treat them like the powerful tools they are. I simply don't see any value in making judgments about something like this. These chemicals are tools. Sure, they can be a party too, but the primary value is not in that realm. Put simply: if you don't abstain from nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol, your position is not logically consistent as those chemicals are* significantl*y more harmful than psychedelics and people use them to alter their consciousness every day.

It's also not about being "out of it". At the risk of soundsing a bit hippy-dippy, reality takes you "out of it." We're descendants of forest dwelling apes, removed from the greenery of our birth, sitting in chairs for 8 hours a day. How much more removed from nature and "reality" can you get?

If you're genuinely interested in learning more about this new era of psychedelic research, as well as gaining perspective on the first wave of it, Michael Pollan has written an excellent book called, "How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Tells Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence." It's an accessible and entertaining read and most importantly, Pollan wasn't a user of psychedelics before he wrote this book. He's known for his journalism on food and other topics, not altered states of consciousness. It lends his position some real credence for those who are wary of such realms, a position I don't fault you for in the least.

I encourage you to give it a look. The future is so very bright in terms of how these chemicals can help people. Psychedelic assisted therapy is going to revolutionize the mental health industry.

If you have any further questions, feel free to comment back or PM me. As you can tell, I'm rather passionate about the topic and would love nothing more than the evangelize a little more ;)

by stalematedizzy   2018-11-10

Flere kilder til info her.

by ZaediLady   2018-11-10

My husband and I have recently realized that LSD is now our favorite drug. We're amazed that something so tiny have such a crazy profound effect on your mind.

We've started reading "How to change your mind" by Michael Pollan and it's fascinating. He talks about the history of LSD in clinical studies in the 50-70s and that the drug influenced a lot of organizations, including the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous.

If you're interested in learning more about the drug, it's definitely an interesting read, it would be even better on audio book.

by tathata   2018-11-10

> Like many of his colleagues, Hubbard strongly objected to Leary's do-it-yourself approach to psychedelics, especially his willingness to dispense with the all-important trained guide.

This is relayed from the perspective of Al Hubbard . Pages 185-220 are devoted to Leary.

Some icing on the cake, an excerpt of a letter from Myron Stolaroff to Leary (p. 199):

> "Tim, I am convinced you are heading for very serious trouble ..., and it would not only make a great deal of trouble for you, but for all of us, and may do irreparable harm to the psychedelic field in general."

by wincy   2018-11-10
I’m really worried about the subset of the population with preexisting mental disorders such as manic depressive disorder, schizophrenia, and depression who will suffer a psychotic break from the use of these substances. Maybe I’m wrong, but from what I’ve heard and read it seems like there’s no way to know what will happen until you try it. A certain percentage of the population goes to hell in the most literal sense of the word possible. Anecdotally, the people I personally know who have tried psychedelics (maybe 6 or 7 people, all who did no know one another) seem to have a weird mental frailty to them, where because their ego disappeared(?) briefly and psychedelics were allowing mental connections that wouldn’t have arisen without psychedelics, they begin to question everything, almost like a rebuilding of their fundamental axioms from scratch. There’s also a strange fervor for others to try it, even from people who have had bad trips.

Joe Rogan had Michael Pollan on recently[0], who wrote The Omnivores Dilemma and a new book How To Change Your Mind[1] which talks about the benefits of hallucinogens. They also briefly talk about the psychotic breaks some people will experience as a result of widespread use and shrug it off like it’ll be fine. Aldous Huxley wrote a book about his use of mescaline called Doors of Perception[2] which felt almost unintelligible and very strange to me as a person who has not (and will not, as my mental health is great but I’m certain I’m at risk of a psychotic break from hallucinogens due to family history) done psychedelics.



by misiti3780   2018-11-10
Sam Harris just did a very interesting podcast with Micheal Pollan about this:

He wrote a book about it also:

by jrowley   2018-10-06
If you are interested in learning more about psychedelics, and their context in 2018, I'd recommend UC Berkeley Professor Michael Pollan's latest book "How to Change Your Mind". It is a really nice, easy to read primer on the topic, and his experience with psychedelics. He approaches the topic with a scientific yet accessible tone, and he asks and answers lots of good questions. Pollan interviews many of the people mentioned in this New York Times article.

Go put your name on the list at your local library!

by DyslexicAtheist   2018-09-04
I am just reading an incredible book on the subject:

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

Highly recommend it.