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This Is Your Mind On Plants: Opium-Caffeine-Mescaline

This Is Your Mind On Plants: Opium-Caffeine-Mescaline (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Pollan, Michael

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Of all the many things humans rely on plants for, surely 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 Is Your Mind On Plants, Michael Pollan explores three very different drug...s - 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. In a unique blend of history, science, memoir and reportage, 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.
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ISBN 9780241530795
Released NZ 2 Jul 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780241530795
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 2 Jul 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Pollan, Michael
Category Cultural Studies
Social & Cultural History
States Of Consciousness: Drug-Induced States
Neurosciences (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 376g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade

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