The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience by Benny Shanon

The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience

byBenny Shanon

Paperback | November 1, 2002

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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. Healso 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 religioussects 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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Benny Shanon is a Professor, Department of Psychology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holder of the Mandel Chair in Cognition.

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Title:The Antipodes of the Mind: Charting the Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca ExperienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199252939

ISBN - 13:9780199252930

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Table of Contents

ProloguePreliminaries:General background; Theoretical foundations; Methodology and general structureThe Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca Experience;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; ConsciousnessI; Transformations; Time; Meaning and semantics; Consciousness II; LightTheoretical issues:Stages and order; Contextual considerations; Cognitive parameters; Dynamics; A general theoretical perspective; Concluding philosophical reflectionsEpilogueAppendix (Quantitative Data)Bibliography

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`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