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Open VISIONS Forum: Michael Pollan "An Onstage Conversation with Michael Pollan, Author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and How to Change Your Mind"


"Gripping and surprising . . . Makes losing your mind sound like the sanest thing a person could do."

The New York Times Book Review

Still wondering if there’s really “magic in those mushrooms,” or if “psychedelics can help to save the world?”

For more than 30 years, transformative scientist Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. He has been named one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders” by Newsweek magazine, was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and has been awarded the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.

Pollan is the author of nine books, seven of which have been New York Times bestsellers; four of which (including his latest, This is Your Mind on Plants) were immediate #1 New York Times bestsellers. How to Change Your Mind (2019) was named one of The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2018, and in 2022 was adapted into a critically successful four-part docuseries for Netflix. Previous books include Cooked (2013), Food Rules (2009), In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (2008), and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by both The New York Times and The Washington Post. His most recent book, This is Your Mind on Plants, an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants and the taboos we place on them, was a New York Times bestseller and one of The Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction of 2021. 

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