Michael Pollan: "How to Change Your Mind" | Talks at Google

Michael Pollan has written 5 New York Times best sellers including Food Rules; In Defense of Food; and The Omnivore’s Dilemma. In this talk, he shares …


  1. I think government should stay out of this, let people have sovereignty over their own bodies and lives. For more info on this one should read or watch on YouTube Graham Hancock. He was writing about this I think before Mr. Pollan.

  2. I found the 1967 Leary v. Lettvin debate video here on YT. It will be of interest only to completists; I find it nigh-unwatchable now, as it is so mired in the woo-woo hyped Occult Bookstore vibe of the 60's, with its subterranean smirk and ankh-pendant, not the clear matter-of-factness evinced here on the Pollan video. Say what you will about Timothy Leary, but he was DEFINITELY all about making himself a celebrity… a really hip, cool and attractively transgressive "society" figure, whispered about on CBS and Cavett and LOOK magazine and LAUGH-IN, et.al., and his droll antics are now looking rather desperate and threadbare in the cold light of 2019.

  3. DMT – he should have mentioned that being plant based. Psilocybin is not native to human body but DMT is as secreted by the pineal gland

    Do consider doing Ayahuasca folks!

  4. This is the most important book of the 21st century. It raises the awareness of psychedelics as a means to overcome our fear of death and dying. Since there is likely to be a very large amount of dying in the next decade, easing that transition will be "lifesaving" (the most important and meaningful action a person can take).

    Michael "broke on thru to the other side" and it wouldn't surprise me if he can access it without psychedelics.

  5. I thought the book was an entertaining and stimulating read, and he speaks in the same clear, funny, and interesting way. I am preparing for an ibogaine experience and his thoughts on there being no societal "container" for the psychedelic experience got me thinking about how I might create one for myself within my personal support structure. Good stuff.

  6. boring. Inuits didn't use psychedelics coz it didn't grow in their environs This is true of many social sectors of society. for example many persons have never been exposed to shrooms but rather, shit like meth or crack. Had they been exposed to shrooms they may have had a different societal context developmentally speaking. so your reference to the Inuit absence of psychedelics is sad and reprehensible, and I will stop watching your video now. Your case-specificity has no insight into the underlying factors of reality but refers to a de-correlated instance that has no relevance to your argument. BYE! Michael Pollan will NEVER listen to you again.

  7. It's relevant to mention that these studies by definition must choose people with a proper "psychic tone" ie, not choosing subjects prone to develop schizophrenia, to ensure the well being of the participants. Yet this has an important statistical effect, no harmful effects may appear on the sample. In other words, what I mean to say is psychedelics are not for everyone, there can be harmful effects and we need to study them, know them. Someday in the future, perhaps these problems we face now can be solved working with the help of psychedelics, but science can get us there

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