Michael Pollan – Psychedelics – How To Change Your Mind
Michael Pollan is an award winning author, activist and journalist, named by Time magazine as one of the hundred most influential people in the world.
For 25 years he has been writing about the intersection of nature and culture, selling millions of copies with his best-sellers The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence of Food and Cooked, which is now successful Netflix series.
Pollan’s new book How to Change Your Mind, dives deep into the world of psychedelics, through meetings with shamans, magic mushroom hunts, and using yourself as a guinea-pig, he takes the readers on a journey to the frontiers of the human mind.
03:58 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:41 Brian’s introduction.
07:19 Getting to know the diverse community of people in London interested in research into psychedelics.
09:02 London Real’s virtual introduction into ayahuasca for Michael.
12:28 Why Michael decided to have his own ayahuasca experience despite cautionary voices.
18:53 Guidance before psychedelic experience, influence of music during and integration afterwards.
26:40 Having a bad or challenging trip.
28:15 Make intelligent decisions about set and setting. Legalisation for medicinal use but not recreational.
33:20 America’s legalisation for medical marijuana is not the path being taken for psilocybin
36:35 The use of psilocybin for the dying.
45:10 How Michael came to understand what deep spiritual connections are.
50:55 The ego is not what we think it is; how he is incorporating what he has learnt into his daily practise.
55:51 The effect on society of the use of psychedelics.
1:02:11 The investigative elements he brings together to get a whole picture in How to Change Your Mind.
1:03:16 Surprising reaction to his book: he thinks we are in an inflection point now.
1:09:30 Did he consider the big pharmaceutical companies reaction to his book?
1:14:40 Why Michael thinks people like his writing.
1:18:40 How he writes.
1:25:11 Great writers he admires.
1:27:26 What scares Michael.
1:29:06 What we would be surprised to learn about Michael.
1:31:00 Two big concerns that keep Michael awake at night.
1:35:01 Phone call to the twenty-year old Michael.
1:36:54 Success secrets.
1:37:37 Brian’s summing up.
Michael Pollan website
Michael Pollan on Instagram
Michael Pollan on Facebook
Michael Pollan TED talk
Netflix – Cooked
Michael Pollan on Wikip1 dia
How to Change Your Mind
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World
In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater’s Manifesto
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Tomorrow Never Knows
The Botany of Desire
Ahahuasca – ready to die
DMT Before and After
Paper Lion by George Plimpton
Johns Hopkins University
The Psilocybin Solution
Legality of Cannabis in the United States
The Denial of Death
Psilocybin: A Journey Beyond Death
Michael Pollan on CBS News
Michael Pollan on the late show with Stephen Colbert
USANA Health Sciences
Medicine Adaptive Pathways to Patients
People mentioned in this episode:
Dr Robin Carhart Harris
Professor David Nutt
Neil Degrasse Tyson
R Gordon Wasson
Alfred Matthew Hubbard