When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began an adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. - Website
Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, with new high definition filming techniques developed since Plant Earth, Life presents 130 stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. This 10-part series captures unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences and demonstrates the extraordinary tactics that animals and plants have developed to survive and thrive. - Cover.
Narrated by David Attenborough.
Disc 1. Challenges of life -- Reptiles and amphibians -- Mammals -- Disc 2. Fish -- Birds -- Disc 3. Insects -- Hunters and hunted -- Disc 4. Creatures of the deep -- Plants -- Primates.
"A fascinating, transformative look at the therapeutic powers of psychedelic drugs, particularly in the treatment of PTSD, and the past fifty years of scientific, political, and legal controversy they have ignited, by award-winning journalist Tom Shroder"-- Publisher