Great. Mostly not news to me, but great assemblage of theories and information, and wonderful story telling with historical insights. This was for me more interesting for being about the structure of consciousness than about psychedelics per se, but it makes its case for their legitimacy very strongly.
Well, I was already converted to the potential benefits of psychedelics prior to reading this so it didn't really change my mind. But to anyone who catagorically places "psychedelics" under the banner of "bad drugs" in their thinking ought to read this. But, good luck telling that to people who've got their minds made up. Regardless, I do believe the book will have a positive impact on how society views these substances and will do much to change the prevailingg view that they are simply without benefit or use. Read it.
Excellent research on mind altering substances found in nature from the author of a very well written book on what foods are best for all.(Eat little, mostly fruits and vegetables is my paraphrased version).
Awesome read for lay person although the dictionary really came in handy. A wealth of information and other sources for more if one desires. Not a "how to" manual, more like a "what if"! Well done Micheal Pollan!
I've almost finished this book (I've been procrastinating the ending for months now) and I just don't want it to end. Pollan has created an incredibly in-depth and insightful piece with this book, and if you have ANY interest whatsoever in psychedelics, the research history, or anything, this is a must-read.
As with everything Pollan writes this is an excellent and fun to read look at the power and potential of psychedelics and a cogent argument for why science should be looking far and wide for new treatment options for a range of ailments and health issues. It is also a fascinating exploration of the politics of scientific and health research. Interesting anecdotes too.
An informational book providing a window into the great potential that psychedelics have to offer society in a digestible style of writing. Would be an excellent book to enlighten any uninformed skeptics.