Antipodes of the Mind by Benny Shanon
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Antipodes of the Mind
By Benny Shanon

The Antipodes of the Mind

Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience

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Antipodes of the Mind by Benny Shanon

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  • Winner of Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines 2006.

Book Description

This is a pioneering cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. Benny Shanon presents a comprehensive charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, and 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 and on the interviewing of a large number of informants: indigenous people, shamans, members of different religious sects using Ayahuasca, and 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199252930
ISBN-10: 0199252939
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 26mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Presents a cognitive psychological study of Ayahuasca, a plant-based Amazonian psychotropic brew. This work provides a charting of the various facets of the special state of mind induced by Ayahuasca, and analyzes them from a cognitive psychological perspective, with some philosophical reflections.

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Author Biography - Benny Shanon

Benny Shanon is a Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holder of the Mandel Chair in Cognition.

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