How to Change Your Mind

书名:How to Change Your MindWhattheNewScienceofPsychedelicsTeachesUsAboutConsciousness,Dying,Addiction,Depression,andTranscendence
豆瓣评分: 8.4


Approx. 14 hours. Read by author. New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable Book The #1 New York Times bestseller. A brilliant and brave investigation 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 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 inadvertently 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 suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.


MICHAEL POLLAN is the author of seven books, including Cooked: The Natural History of Transformation, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, and The Omnivore's Dilemma. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, he is also the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.


@ 瓦铃铛 Pollan 出这本书的时间点很巧。这几年用 LSD 抗忧郁症、戒毒瘾的研究恰好非常热,三四十年来的断层终于开始修补。越来越多的科学家也开始探索灵修,写与正念和冥想有关的书。不过,这本书花了近 70%的篇幅介绍致幻蘑菇/LSD 历史上的关键性人物和研究,以及 Pollan 的亲身经历,讲背后原理的并不多。而他因为心脏的问题也没有体验 MDMA(毕竟是最主流的),还是有点失望。不过!老爷子的文笔真的是超级顺畅简练,嗑完的一些人生感悟也十分打动人。有他帮忙,一定能加速解除大众对这类致幻剂的误解,让更多的精神疾病患者收益。(有生之年一定要试试死藤水…… @ 晕过 大脑是由很多网络拼接而成的。有默认模式其他网络的活动强,说明我们正在有意识地去做一些事情,默认模式网络的活动就会降低。在我们无所事事、或者想一些自己的事情、或者做白日梦的时候,默认模式网络的活动是最强的。默认模式网络是“自我”的来源。专注做事,会进入“心流”状态,特征恰是“忘我” 默认模式网络活动降低的状态。如果成年人没有默认模式网络,他就会丧失自我意识,行为就会混乱,表现出来就可能是精神紊乱。默认模式网络在人类的进化史中是较晚出现的。正因为有了默认模式网络,人有了自我意识,才会自我引导、反思,才有理性思维。但是,默认模式网络也有一个坏处。它会造成一种隔阂感。我就是我,我不是别人,我跟外界的东西有明显的界限,而这可能给认知带来了障碍。致幻剂的作用,恰恰是降低大脑默认模式网络的活动。 @ 吐泡泡的金鱼 “Psychedelic may not give you what you want, but it will give you what you need.” @ zh_ayi 要了解一个复杂的系统,一种有效的办法是对它进行干扰,看看会发生什么。 @ Dr.Mommy 以裸盖菇素和麦角酸二乙胺(LSD)为代表的迷幻剂的历史和当下研究,在临终关怀、提高癌症患者生存质量、戒酒戒烟和抗抑郁等研究上的应用(样本量小且无对照组,虽然作者表示成瘾性小,但建议除非是死马当做活马医,一般的普通人普通疾病还是谢绝使用吧)。 @ 嗯呢vida 改变了对psychedelics之前的看法。不了解不代表不应该继续研究和揭发它的好的潜能。 @ 蓝色雪糕妹妹 为食物发声——迷幻剂


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