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

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

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  • You can say the same for cannabis — Hemp is so amazing and the establishment stopped it because the likes of Rockefeller, Hearst, and the DuPonts saw that it would get in their way for making money. Big Pharma and the regulatory bodies that protect them are nothing but criminal cartels.

  • He mentions Ram Dass- Other monks Ram Dass gave psychedelics to in India said the experiences were good but not as good as meditation.

  • You thing there's a correlation between shutting down psychedelic research in '65 and NASA not going back to the moon since '69?

  • The military hates psychedelics because psychedelics leads to peace and love, man. Profits ruined. Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind. Who wants that? What they want is hate, death and destruction. Therefore: "War on Psychedelics!", "War on Drugs!" "We need killers, not peaceniks!"

  • Some intense orgasms experienced by some women under the effects of small doses of cannabis (with the proper partner, that is) have been described very much like the peak of Pollan's trip on psicocybin: a split in consciousness and the sense of self dissolved and scattered to the wind like a blizzard of things (not necessarily post-its like in Pollan's experience).

  • What Pollan refers to in min. 34 of his talk is 'The Road to Eleusis', an awakening book by Gordon Wasson, Albert Hoffmann and Carls Ruck, a very worthwhile book to read on this subject.

  • Sunflower Sunflower says:

    Define psychedelics. So psychedelic drugs aren't addictive? And drugs aren't connected to human trafficking?

  • 35:20 "Traditional cultures recognize that these were very powerful medicines NOT to be treated casually…it was never careless or recreational."
    We are the most careless, casual and recreational culture ever to inhabit the earth. The only ceremony and ritual we honor is pleasure, escape and acquisition. How we deceive ourselves.

  • Cool topic, glad to have watched this. It is a pity the book is not available in my country. Is there any way to get it? Could anybody share it?

  • Finally scientists can openly talk about psychedelics and altered consciousness. There's so much potential in this research not only for sick people but for us as humans to develop more understanding and compassion towards ourselves and others.

  • TheTruthWillSetYou Free says:

    Best talk I have hear on Google. Great speaker, can express complicated subjects in an easy to understand, enjoyable manner without dubbing down.

  • Screw Michael Pollan. He's late to the show and has only taken a handful of "trips," yet he's the "go to guy?" Hogwash!

  • What a load of neo-liberal extremist propaganda – more middle class and rich pig solutions for their pathetic weak cultural group.  While disabled and poor HAVE NO CHOICE but live with violence and degradation being told by the government and maggots like Michael Pollan that THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR MIND.  WTF are you people on, how ignorant, deluded and insane can you be exactly – or do you love advancing the rich and persecuting the poor for profit – for jobs????

  • Pilletta Doinswartsh says:

    18:20 – Just so people know, the experience of which he speaks here, is attainable without drugs, plants or chemicals. It happened to (what used to be) me. The substances CAN give you a glimpse, though. And that glimpse may impel you to find out how to make these brain-changes permanent. They CAN be made permanent.

  • Pilletta Doinswartsh says:

    A must-see documentary on Albert Hofmann and his colleagues/contemporaries:

    They were psychiatrists who were taking LSD to see if they could see how it felt to be schizophrenic, so that they might help their patients batter.

  • mickey morgan says:

    Michael, had to come over here because comments were not allowed on your video on mushrooms and Maria Sabina. As a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner of 19+ years, I followed your experience exactly, INCLUDING Maria Sabina. Please read an English version of The Heart Sutra . . . blast your mind! You experienced Emptiness! Which is what I try to cultivate each morning with a page-long version. DMT gave you a moment of what is called the BlissVoid. All is love. You are all. And we are empty. To me, it is like I become a floating eyeball without the eye . . . just pure awareness, with no beginning and no end. I just need a guide because I am a crone, old dancer (your Elder! snork 1952). It is Maria Sabina, I believe. Thank you. Much gratitude. ms. mickeypamo

  • mickey morgan says:

    Me again. You have no reason to trust me when I tell you 1tsp of Kratom tossed down with lots of water, will relieve severe depression in 5 minutes. Watch youtube "Chris Bell on Kratom". Good cheer . . .

  • Crawford Torr says:

    there was not 35 years of lost research, it just went underground and they have been using it ever since

  • Matthew Gillenberg says:

    If you are going to quote the lyrics from Tomorrow Never Knows, do you your research and get it right.

  • I liked this talk, but had to laugh a bit at his claim that there's a breathing exercise that allows you to exhale more than you inhale …hmmm 24:15

  • A_Socialist_Channel says:

    There is no “self” in the mind. 9/10 of the brain is unconsciously driven and the different parts of the brain act as a committee. The self is constructed psychadelics help you to see that

  • Eric-the-Cleric says:

    The first white guy with a question… shit dude scared of drugs much?

    "How do you not kill a person coming off a trip?"
    Maybe by not already being psychotic??? Jesus christ…

  • GGR TheMostGodless says:

    So a friend of mine in the 90s had a water sensory deprivation tank, basically he had salt water and a bathtub with a lid on it… he used it several times a week… so one day his out-of-town visiting sister asks him innocently "don't you ever get claustrophobic in there??!! I could NEVER do that for more than five minutes!!" and from then he was unable to use it because he got CLAUSTROPHOBIC after that ONE suggestion…. that fucking nocibo effect idiot people have on others is incredible. That fat bitch with nervous ticks fucked it all up for him.

  • GGR TheMostGodless says:

    The micro dosing with psychedelics and the placebo effect — is the same placebo effect found with Homeopathic "medicine" or even with chiropractic cures. 

    The doctors tend to have a huge Nocibo effect with their stupid uninformed comments than a placebo effect and this is a result of the way they practice medicine, the cover-your-ass-medicine.

  • Can that girl in the audience get the hell off of her phone? You have Michael Pollan in front of you. So incredibly rude.

  • It was 915 mics of LSD to Neem Koroli Baba Ram Dass had special 305 mic white lightning that were specially made for him and yes he had 4 pills the old man didn't want the broken one lol but I've heard him tell that story a few times the other one was he had 300 mic pills and he took 900 mics he did that twice Ram Dass thought maybe he tricked him and threw them over his shoulder so years later they did it again

  • Damien Burrello says:

    Why am I setting aside my professional time for someone to proselytize drugs… and safety(double questions mark)??

  • Christine Badostain says:

    Interesting no doubt, however, too much head—"drop" into the heart/gut and that is the real trip sans LSD

  • 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

  • I did a mushroom shake. Very strong. Never had any life-changing realisation, just lots of colour and music sounds awesome.


    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.

  • Dallin Sutherland says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Tom O'Neill's 20 years of investigative journalism on the Manson case, culminating in his recent book, has revealed incredible loose ends in the official narrative

  • david lincoln brooks says:

    Michael Pollan has the brains and vocabulary (and temerity)… to give words to the indescribable. Bravo! It's your advanced "eclectic polymaths" of this world who are the most absorbing to listen to.

  • david lincoln brooks says:

    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.

  • 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.

  • ThePsychopompos1 says:

    I’m very happy tech land is having trips. Maybe they will let go the postmodernist programming they were brainwashed in school.

  • Michael Pollan presents the subject of mind expanding drugs with profound clarity and insight. I highly recommend his book "How to Change Your Mind" and personally believe that, while not for everyone, these drugs offer mankind as a whole an alternate route for evolution free of hatred, anger and pain.

    And if you enjoyed this video I would also recommend you watch an upcoming release of the film "Fantastic Fungi" – you can watch the trailer here: https://fantasticfungi.com/trailer/

  • Panic reactions, “Bad trips” are in service to incredibly powerful, important issues that often haven’t been faced. Appropriate Navigation, or an established “Flight Plan” and more importantly how to handle issues in flight, redirecting the path if needed, not landing because there’s some severe turbulence, is incredibly important and needed for high dose experiences. Having guides, for those inexperienced people who have never been high, is critical. In my opinion.

  • Best book ever! I have done Hospice and there is a continued need for more research and open minds. Michael Pollan is a progressive forward thinker. Thanks for your wonderful book

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