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IN HIS NEW BOOK, “HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND,” POLLAN TURNS TO PSYCHEDELICS, THEIR HISTORY AND THEIR PROMISE.

"How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence”

By Michael Pollan

465 pages. Penguin Press. $28.

Michael Pollan has long been concerned with the moral dilemmas of everyday life. “Second Nature,” his first book, was ostensibly about gardening, but really about ways to overcome our alienation from the natural world. “A Place of My Own,” his second, chronicled the “radically unhandy” Pollan’s construction of his writing studio. “The Botany of Desire,” his third and possibly greatest book, put him back in the garden, though in a more global state of mind. He then went on to write four searching books that wrestled, in one way or another, with the ethics of eating, one of which contained

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