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Following his New York Times bestselling How to Change Your Mind on the therapeutic value of psychedelics, Michael Pollan’s new book is This is Your Mind on Plants, a radical challenge to how we think about plants. Exploring the powerful attraction we have to psychoactive plants, Michael asks why they are subject to such paranoid and arbitrary regulation, and in wildly differing ways. Examining opium, mescaline and caffeine, he posits “societies condone the mindchanging plants that help uphold society’s rule and ban the ones that are seen to undermine it.”
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Michael Pollan is the author of five previous books, including the number one New York Times bestsellers In Defence of Food and How to Change Your Mind. A long-time contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Michael is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. His new book is This is Your Mind on Plants.
Ben Brooker is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, dramaturg, and bookseller. His work has featured in Australian publications such as Overland, Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow and Meanjin, and international publication including Tanzconnexions, and Plays International & Europe. As a playwright, he has received commissions from organisations including OzAsia Festival, Next Wave Festival and the State Theatre Company South Australia. He is currently working on his first book, on psychedelics in Australia.