How to Change Your Mind (audiobook)

What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

13.6 hrs • 11 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 05/15/18
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 05/15/18 9780525627159
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A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times bestsellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs—and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan’s “mental travelogue” is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

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“His manner is warm and inviting while his diction is clear and crisp. Pollan’s latest audiobook…picks up momentum as it unwinds…[and] he poses some very interesting ideas regarding hallucinogenics and their applications to medicine.”

Los Angeles Times (audio review)

“Amid new scientific interest in the potential healing properties of psychedelic drugs, Pollan…sets about researching their history—and giving them a (supervised!) try himself.”


“Michael Pollan…brings all the curiosity and skepticism for which he is well known to a decidedly different topic…[that] beautifully updates and synthesizes the science of psychedelics, with a highly personalized touch.”


“One of the book’s important messages is that the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics, for the dying or seriously ill, can’t be separated from the mystical experiences to which they give rise.”

Guardian (London)

“A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing.”

Kirkus (starred review)

“This nuanced and sophisticated exploration, which asks big questions about meaning-making and spiritual experience, is thought-provoking and eminently readable.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Pollan’s complexly elucidating and enthralling inquiry combines fascinating and significant history with daring and resonant reportage and memoir and looks forward to a new open-mindedness toward psychedelics and the benefits of diverse forms of consciousness.”

Booklist (starred review)