Book Thoughts: How to Change Your Mind

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Not too long ago I finished Michael Pollan’s How to Change your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

And it was awesome.

I don’t have a better word for it. It really was great, fun to read, full of interesting info and stories. It was just awesome. I do really love non-fiction though (thanks Dad for convincing me that there are lots of real interesting stories in the world that are worth reading and learning from). I adored the way Pollan ended it, but trying to avoid too many spoilers here.

All I’ll say about the end, that it seems like the take away of his last journey gave some interested insight into the potential intelligence of things (living things) around us, plants for example, that perhaps Pollan hadn’t realized before. I think the ending touched on good realizations about those living things and how we as humans can potentially learn from other living organism around us.

Along with that, at the end, Pollan touched on the need for a perceiving subject for some aspects of quantum physics. Which I greatly admire the acknowledgement that there seems to be a need for something to observe much of what constitutes reality.

Great connections to other thoughts and disciplines and just a lovely story to end the book.

I hope more people read it and their perception of the world shifts ever so slightly. I hope that more sponsored and “official” trials continue into the world of  psychedelics and it becomes less of a stigma. If opiates can make it mainstream and funded by large corporations, I hope those same corporations don’t keep psychedelics out of the market and they are allowed to be studied, tested, and maybe someday used.

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