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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    The Antipodes of the Mind
    Subtitle
    Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Benny Shanon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 719 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199252930
    ISBN 10: 0199252939
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
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    BIC subject category V2: JHMC, PST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
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    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLSBZ
    BIC subject category V2: MJN
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    BIC subject category V2: PSBT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
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    BIC subject category V2: HPCF3
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91, 96
    DC22: 615/.7883
    BISAC V2.8: MED093000
    DC22: 615.7883
    BIC subject category V2: MJP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
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    DC21: 306.089
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    LC classification: BF209.A93 S53 2002
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLSBZ
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, QDHR5, PST, MKJ, PSB, MJP
    Illustrations note
    7 tables and 4 halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    23 January 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Benny Shanon is a Professor of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holder of the Mandel Chair in Cognition.
    Review quote
    ... a great book ... it makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of consciousness ... The strength of the book lies in the rich descriptions and analyses of the ayahuasca experience ... deserves to be widely read by those who are seriously interested in understanding the nature of consciousness and reality. Journal of Scientific Exploration The experiences described in this book are quite literally mind-blowing and the cosmic vision it describes will be of great interest to TC readers. Highly recommended. The Cauldron It deserves to be read by anyone interested in religion, mysticism, and conciousness - and who is not? it should be required reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, and neuroscientists, because it shows how absurdly simplistic are the biochemical, darwinianm and genetic models now dominating mind-science. John Horgan, Maps Vol XIII 2003 Shanon's authorial persona is earnest, serious, straightforward, absolutely trustworthy. Antipodes is suffused with a sense of genuine adventure. John Horgan, author of Rational Mysticism Shanon's pioneering work Thomas B Roberts, Northern Illinois University
    Table of contents
    PROLOGUE ; GENERAL BACKGROUND; THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS; METHODOLOGY AND GENERAL STRUCTURE ; ATMOSPHERE AND GENERAL EFFECTS; OPEN EYE VISUALIZATIONS; A STRUCTURAL TYPOLOGY OF AYAHUASCA VISUALIZATIONS; INTERACTION AND NARRATION; THE CONTENTS OF VISIONS; THE THEMES OF VISIONS; IDEAS, INSIGHTS, AND REFLECTIONS; NON-VISUAL PERCEPTIONS; CONSCIOUSNESS I; TRANSFORMATIONS; TIME; MEANING AND SEMANTICS; CONSCIOUSNESS II; LIGHT ; STAGES AND ORDER; CONTEXTUAL CONSIDERATIONS; COGNITIVE PARAMETERS; DYNAMICS; A GENERAL THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE; CONCLUDING PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ; EPILOGUE ; APPENDIX (QUANTITATIVE DATA) ; BIBLIOGRAPHY