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Could psychedelic drugs change our worldview? One of America's most revered writers takes us on a mind-altering journey to the frontiers of human consciousness.

'It's as if we made entering gothic cathedrals illegal, or museums, or sunsets!'

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 counter-culture, 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.

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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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241366981

    August 20, 2018

    Allen Lane

    480 pages

    RRP $38.00

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  • Hardback

    9780241294222

    May 28, 2018

    Allen Lane

    480 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • How To Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics
    Michael Pollan

    EBook

    9780141985145

    May 31, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

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