The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience

The Antipodes of the Mind Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca a plant based ian psychotropic brew Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind i

  • Title: The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience
  • Author: Benny Shanon
  • ISBN: 9780199252930
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant based ian psychotropic brew Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective He also presents some philosophical reflections Empirically, the research presenteThis is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant based ian psychotropic brew Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective He also presents some philosophical reflections Empirically, the research presented in this book is based on the systematic recording of the author s extensive experiences with the brew on the interviewing of a large number of informants indigenous people, shamans, members of different religious sects using Ayahuasca travellers In addition to its being the most thorough study of the Ayahuasca experience to date, the book lays the theoretical foundations for the psychological study of non ordinary states of consciousness in general Benny Shanon is a Psychology professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem holder of the Mandel Chair in Cognition.

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    1. I have generally found phenomenological studies, however vital they be at the foundations of empirical science, to be boring. This was an exception. Professor Shannon's personal, sometimes almost chatty, style carried me through the dense thickets of detail.Shannon is a 'cognitive psychologist', a subdiscipline just beginning--and never once mentioned--while I was studying psychology. Although he describes the field, he is also at some pains to note that he is not a typical cognitive psychologis [...]


    2. This is a cognitive psychological study of the ayahuasca experience, expect it to get technical at times. It is so worth it though. This is a one of a kind study. For the most part the academic literature on these topics are one of two classes. Either they are pharmacological/botanical or cultural anthropological. Upon his initial research into ayahuasca the author made just such an observation and decided that the proper academic discipline for studying the EXPERIENCE of ayahuasca was in the fi [...]


    3. Good book.Shanon is a science mana psychologist, and after evaluating hundreds of Ayahuasca experiences of his own and others' - his conclusion is simply: Hallelujah!


    4. Albeit non-orthodox, my view both of cognition and of psychology keeps to the fundamental assumption that the subject matter of the science of cognition is the human mind and that it is in the province of this mind that all matters cognitive take place. But perhaps this assumption is not warranted. Perhaps consciousness, especially non-ordinary consciousness, cannot be conceived while maintaining this assumption. For this, it might be necessary to resort to some sort of a supra-personal mind, to [...]


    5. This book does exactly what it says: charts the phenomenology [enpedia/wiki/Phenomen] of the ayahuasca experience, and does it quite well. If you're interested in the psychological states that ayahuasca produces, this is the book for you.


    6. Probably the greatest and most extensive book on the subject 10 years of first hand experiences and cognitive psychology research. Wealth of information, well written. Mind = shattered ;)


    7. It's a shame this book is so expensive and hard to find! There is a growing mountain of woo-woo publications about Ayahuasca, but this psychological and phenomenological study is a clear bell tolling logic and rigor while leaving the brew's many mysteries intact. Anyone (like me) who is turned off by paranormal explanations of Ayahuasca's effects will deeply appreciate what this book has to offer, provided that they're willing to wade through some thick academic terminology. Its bibliography alo [...]


    8. An academic style accounting of the psycho-hallucinatory effects of entheogens (ayahuasca in specific) in contemporary settings. For those wishing to dig deeper into the ayahuasca experience, this book has proven to be an invaluable resource to me.Not a book to be read as a novel, it is full of deep information and academic prose, but if you can read through this style of writing, the information is well worth the effort.



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