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In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Michael Pollan offers a mind-bending investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs—and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences as he set out to research the active ingredients in magic mushrooms. Blending science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism through Pollan’s discovery of 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. Sharing his deep dive into altered states of consciousness, Pollan discusses this unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world.

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your MindCookedFood RulesIn Defense of FoodThe Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers.  A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley where he is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science Journalism.  In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

Lera Boroditsky

Lera Boroditsky is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UCSD and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She previously served on the faculty at MIT and at Stanford. Her research is on the relationships between mind, world, and language (or how humans get so smart).

This program will take place at the Aratani Theatre of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, at 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Parking is available in multiple lots around the theatre. Note that many lots are cash only. Click here for specific lots and directions.

All tickets and books are non-refundable. Pre-signed copies of the featured book, How to Change Your Mind, will be distributed the night of the program. Please note there will NOT be any book sales on-site and will only be available for purchase via Eventbrite.

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