Stories shape the way we perceive things: they can challenge us to consider new perspectives, reaffirm the ones we already have, or introduce us to completely novel ideas. That’s why at this particular moment in history—as more and more people become interested in psychedelics—the stories we tell about them are crucial. What voices will we choose to highlight? What perspectives will we platform? And how can people who have had their own transformative experiences on psychedelics use their voices and stories to amplify the movement? We discuss all this and more with bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan. As always, there will be time for questions from our community.
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About Michael Pollan
For more than thirty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. Pollan is the author of nine books, seven of which have been New York Times bestsellers; three of them (including How to Change Your Mind) were immediate #1 New York Times bestsellers. Previous books include Cooked (2013), Food Rules (2009), In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), which was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A revised, young readers’ edition of Omnivore’s Dilemma was published in 2015. Pollan’s 2001 book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, also a New York Times bestseller was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com. Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991). An expanded edition of Food Rules, with original illustrations by Maira Kalman, was published in 2011. How to Change Your Mind was named one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2018. In 2020 he published a new audio book titled Caffeine, available from Audible. His most recent book, This is Your Mind on Plants, was published in July 2021.