Curbside pickup and returns now available at 26 locations. View updated hours of operations here.

This is your mind on plants

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
 
(0)
4 star
 
(0)
3 star
 
(1)
2 star
 
(1)
1 star
 
(0)
Publisher:
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
2021.
Language:
English
Description
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants -- and the equally powerful taboos Of all the things humans rely on plants for--sustenance, beauty, fragrance, flavor, fiber--surely the most curious is our use of them is to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: people around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. We don't usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So then what is a "drug?" And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime? In THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs -- opium, caffeine, and mescaline -- and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos with which we surround them. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and such fraught feelings? A unique blend of history, science, memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan examines and experiences these plants from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively -- as a drug, whether licit or illicit. But that's one of the least interesting things you can say about these plants, Pollan shows, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. Based in part on an essay written more than 25 years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants, and our attraction to them through time, holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world"--
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780593296905
9780593413111
9780593296912
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID112341c5-9ce1-8f52-5e18-177c0e02155e
Grouping Titlethis is your mind on plants
Grouping Authormichael pollan
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2021-08-01 09:22:47AM
Last Indexed2021-08-01 09:24:38AM
Novelist Primary ISBN9780593296905

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorMichael Pollan
author_displayMichael Pollan
detailed_location_catalogArden-Dimick
Central New Books - 1st Floor
Elk Grove
Fair Oaks
Franklin
Galt
McKinley
North Natomas
South Natomas
Sylvan Oaks
display_description"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants -- and the equally powerful taboos Of all the things humans rely on plants for--sustenance, beauty, fragrance, flavor, fiber--surely the most curious is our use of them is to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: people around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. We don't usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So then what is a "drug?" And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime? In THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs -- opium, caffeine, and mescaline -- and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos with which we surround them. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and such fraught feelings? A unique blend of history, science, memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan examines and experiences these plants from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively -- as a drug, whether licit or illicit. But that's one of the least interesting things you can say about these plants, Pollan shows, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. Based in part on an essay written more than 25 years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants, and our attraction to them through time, holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world"--
format_catalogBook
eAudiobook
eBook
format_category_catalogAudio Books
Books
eBook
id112341c5-9ce1-8f52-5e18-177c0e02155e
isbn9780593296905
9780593296912
9780593413111
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b2685305x.i85294305Sylvan Oaks581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 14, 2021sylad
ils:.b2685305x.i85356785Folsom Adult NEW581.6 POL 20211falsefalseOn Holdshelffolad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294317Galt581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 20, 2021galad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294263Franklin581.6 P771 20211falsefalseOn Holdshelffraad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294275North Natomas581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 14, 2021nntad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294214McKinley581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 14, 2021mckad
ils:.b2685305x.i85361914Woodland Public Library Adult New BooksEXPRESS 581.6 Pol 20211falsefalseDue Aug 21, 2021wdpad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294329Sylvan Oaks581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 11, 2021sylad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294251Elk Grove581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 14, 2021elkad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294238Central New Books - 1st Floor581.6 P771 20211falsefalseOn Holdshelfcenad
ils:.b2685305x.i85356773Folsom Adult NEW581.6 POL 20211falsefalseOn Holdshelffolad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294226South Natomas581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 17, 2021natad
ils:.b2685305x.i8529424xFranklin581.6 P771 20211falsefalseIn Transitfraad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294287Arden-Dimick581.6 P771 20211falsefalseDue Aug 14, 2021ardad
ils:.b2685305x.i85294299Fair Oaks581.6 P771 20211falsefalseOn Holdshelffaiad
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c4Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books0falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenChecked Out
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books3falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenChecked Out
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books20falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenChecked Out
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c3Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenChecked Out
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c5Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books0falsetrueOverDriveOverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive ListenChecked Out
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e84576833Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e84576834Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e8457683-2Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook14falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e84576835Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook0falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e8457683-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeBookeBook2falsetrueOverDriveAdobe EPUB eBook, Kindle Book, OverDrive ReadChecked Out
itype_catalogAdult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed2021-08-01T16:24:38.907Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog581.6 P771 2021
local_time_since_added_catalog2 Months
Month
Quarter
Six Months
Year
owning_library_catalogSacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalogArden-Dimick
Central
Elk Grove
Fair Oaks
Franklin
Galt
McKinley
North Natomas
South Natomas
Sylvan Oaks
primary_isbn9780593296905
publishDate2021
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
ils:.b2685305xBookBooksEnglishPenguin Press, 2021.274 pages ; 25 cm
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241ceAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishPenguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2021
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e8457683eBookeBookEnglishPenguin Publishing Group2021
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b2685305x.i85294305Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85356785Checked OutOn Holdshelffalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse9999
ils:.b2685305x.i85294317Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294263Checked OutOn Holdshelffalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294275Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294214Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294329Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294251Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294238Checked OutOn Holdshelffalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85356773Checked OutOn Holdshelffalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse9999
ils:.b2685305x.i85294226Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i8529424xIn TransitIn Transitfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294287Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
ils:.b2685305x.i85294299Checked OutOn Holdshelffalsefalsetruetruefalsetrue0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 3911
overdrive:db682221-7817-4cae-9d62-e851a5be241c-2Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse
overdrive:568faa12-0a55-4bc6-9217-bea3e8457683-2Checked OutChecked Outfalsefalsetruefalsefalsefalse
subject_facetCaffeine
Mescaline
Opium
Psychotropic plants
title_displayThis is your mind on plants
title_fullThis Is Your Mind on Plants
This is your mind on plants / Michael Pollan
title_shortThis is your mind on plants
topic_facetCaffeine
Mescaline
New Age
Nonfiction
Opium
Psychotropic plants
Science
Self-Improvement