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

By Benny Shanon

This can be a pioneering cognitive mental examine of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. Benny Shanon offers a accomplished charting of some of the elements of the particular frame of mind caused by means of Ayahuasca, and analyzes them from a cognitive mental standpoint. He additionally offers a few philosophical reflections. Empirically, the learn awarded during this booklet relies at the systematic recording of the author's wide stories with the brew and at the interviewing of a big variety of informants: indigenous humans, shamans, contributors of alternative non secular sects utilizing Ayahuasca, and visitors. as well as its being the main thorough examine of the Ayahuasca event up to now, the ebook lays the theoretical foundations for the mental examine of non-ordinary states of realization generally.

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