How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (Large Print / Paperback)

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Michael Pollan does it again! This book is a fascinating view into the world of psychedelics from the vantage point of a skeptical journalist. Part science, part history, part personal journey, Pollan weaves a narrative that is both highly entertaining and deeply interesting. The therapeutic potential of psychedelics is revealed in depth. Anyone who is interested in the science of the mind or the experience of psychedelics will enjoy this book.

Chris Morrow

Coming from a skeptic's perspective myself I found Pollan's book not only accessible but both engaging and divinely well written. This is the perspective the psychedelic culture desperately needed to voice their triumphs, and Pollan does more than sing the praises for psychedelics as a means to heal and expand ourselves, but tackles the controversial history surrounding it without feeling like he needs to defend it.

Complete with a dynamic cast of characters who help and guide him along the way, we learn as he learns, and we take these trips along with him through the importance of storytelling, discovering the intimate details about the mind that these substances uncover. Where might all this be going? It seems only time may tell, and perhaps Pollan himself.

Alex Bell

About the Author


Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780525631941
ISBN-10: 0525631941
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 688
Language: English
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