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Michael Pollan - Psychedelics - How To Change Your Mind

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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.
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Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
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 psilocybin36:35 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.

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