This Is Your Mind On Plants: Opium-Caffeine-Mescaline (Paperback)Michael Pollan (author)
The author of How to Change Your Mind turns his attention to a trio of psychoactive plants that humans have used to change consciousness in this entertaining and illuminating volume on a seldom explored topic.
From the international bestselling author of How to Change Your Mind, comes a ground-breaking exploration of our relationship with natural drugs.
Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate, calm, or completely alter the qualities of our mental experience. In This Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos.
In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively. In doing so, he proves that there is much more to say about these plants than simply debating their regulation, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. This ground-breaking and singular book holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds and our entanglement with the natural world.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
'Pollan is always an entertaining writer, and a deep thinker with a light touch ... it's a trip - engrossing, eye-opening, mind altering.' - Sophie McBain, The New Statesman
'Expert storytelling ... Pollan masterfully elevates a series of big questions about drugs, plants and humans that are likely to leave readers thinking in new ways.' - Rob Dunn, The New York Times Book Review
'Brilliant, compulsively readable ... Pollan's storytelling is deft, forthright and fascinating.' - Charles Foster, The Oldie
'Like it or not, we are undergoing a drugs revolution ... thankfully Pollan is here to guide us through this putative challenge ... [this] relatable, middle class New York plant fancier might be the ideal standard bearer for today's calmer, more scientific approach to the subject.' - Josh Glancy, The Sunday Times
'Pollan's intertwining of reportage, citizen science and historical scholarship is a delightful and informative read ... [he] has a rational optimism that might tempt even the most sober and sceptical to try to broaden their horizons.' - AJ Lees, The Literary Review
'Pollan is a gentle, generous writer.' - David Aaronovitch, The Times
'The descriptions of London's coffee house culture and Honore de Balzac's barbarous habit of ingesting dry coffee grounds to fuel all-night scribbling sessions are worth the book's price alone ... The book is really about the relation between each plant and the humans who consume it, tackled in a non-judgmental and objective way that seeks to dispel the ignorance, prejudice and demonisation they attract.' - The Financial Times
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My thanks to Penguin U.K. Allen Lane for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘This Is Your Mind on Plants: Opium—Caffeine—Mescaline’ by Michael Pollan in exchange for an honest review.
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