Wednesday, 30 May 2018
quote [ Pollan’s initial skepticism and general lack of hipness work wonders for the material. The problem with more enthusiastic or even hallucinatory writers on the subject is that they just compound the zaniness at the heart of the thing; it’s all too much of the same tone, like having George Will walk you through the tax code. ]
I'll start listening to this as an audiobook on my commute in the next few days. I've read several of his books, and deeply enjoyed them, as well as seen him speak a few times. There's a link to a recent interview about the book with Michael Pollan by Sam Harris in the extended, along with a few of my own thoughts. NYT text also in extended.
NYT article full text and photo, credited:
As a believer in materialism and science, and yet as one who has had some pretty profound experiences dealing with the nature of space, time, awareness, death, etc. mostly without any chemical help, I found the conversation between Harris and Pollan refreshing. There is no supernatural Woo here, but they aren't afraid to explore and express the profundity of non-standard consciousness and its potential positive effects on our lives.
It's been almost 30 years since I took any traditional psychedelics (mushrooms a few times), and I suspect I might have a lot more understanding and appreciation of the experience these days. Once I finish the book, I might have to ask around...
I highly recommend Pollan's books, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire.