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This Is Your Mind On Plants

This Is Your Mind On Plants

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This Is Your Mind On Plants by Michael Pollan. Humans rely on plants for many reasons, 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 unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, Pollan explores three very different drugs - opium, caffeine and mescaline. This is a book that truly makes you stop and think!

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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.

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.

288 pages, paperback, published on 19th July 2022 by Penguin Press.

About the Author:

Michael Pollan is the author of five previous books, including In Defence of Food, a number one New York Times bestseller, and The Omnivore's Dilemma, which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. Both books won the James Beard Award. A long-time contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he is also the Knight Profes­sor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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