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Product Details

  • Series: In Vivo
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295990953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295990958
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... offer[s] unique insights into the pleasures and desires that animate our relationships... The diverse source material Doyle uses serves as a model for the kind of commons he celebrates. He offers wonderfully attentive readings of trip reports from famous users...

(Jenna Supp-Montgomerie Women's Studies Quarterly)

A brilliant, ambitious, original piece of pedagogy. I can't imagine anybody but Doyle who could control and mobilize in the name of a single vision the range and dizzying variety of the material on offer.

(Brian Rotman, Ohio State University)

This is a book for all readers who have ever wondered whether dreams are another form of wakened consciousness. Doyle expands wonder from dreams to ecodelic states and the possibilities of communication about these states via language.

(Stanley Shostak, University of Pittsburgh)

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This book inquires into the swarm of ontological, epistemological, and ethical questions provoked by psychedelic experience in the context of global ecological crisis.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown VINE VOICE on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Darwin's Pharmacy is an extraordinary book, which is simply overflowing with exciting new ideas about the co-evolution of psychedelic plants, the human mind, and the planet.

Penn State English professor Richard Doyle's book is a mind-stretching achievement, that views the literature on psychedelic drugs and plants through the eyes of evolutionary theory, and how our interaction with these mind-altering plants effects their selection in evolution, and ours, by symbiotically increasing one another's reproductive success.

Doyle synergistically combines a Darwinian perspective with what is known about psychedelic states of consciousness, and fruitfully builds upon the work of great thinkers and pioneers in the field of psychedelic research--such as Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Timothy Leary, John Lilly, and Rick Strassman--taking us into whole new realms of thought.

Doyle's primary thesis is that psychedelic plants and human beings have been influencing one another's evolution over time, often in surprising ways. With their mind-amplifying powers, psychedelic plants seduce us into interacting with them. We help to propagate them, and they intensify "a crucial component of sexual selection in humans: discourse." That is, they give us a lot to talk about, and, according to Doyle, psychedelic plants are also helping us to engage our minds with the "noosphere," what the late French paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin called the thinking layer of our planet.

So many novel and thought-provoking ideas are playfully explored and masterfully blended in this unique volume, that I can barely summarize them here.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Clear Pilot on July 3, 2011
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Doyle takes off after Aldous Huxley, Crick, Wasson, Lilly, Timothy Leary, and what Psychedelics mean for Human, Noospherian, Gaian, Earth, Moon , & our Solar System Destiny after Teilhard de Chardin & V I Vernadsky. Someone has , finally, reviewed Huxley's Doors of Perception and Leary's Acid Tao manuals of the 60's. After Fifty Plus years. Introduces the new FPS, First Person Science, to include ourselves in studying ourselves. Gregory Bateson's Mind in Nature really gets fleshed out and embodied. Rhetoric gets the Embodied Treatment. It's immense, imbricate your Self too! DNA & Cellular Wisdom will thank you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BRAD LUCAS on March 9, 2013
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Doyle's work is cogent, well-researched, and far-reaching in its implications. It's simply a "must read" for anyone in rhetoric studies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Ellwood VINE VOICE on December 1, 2012
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This is is an intriguing book that explores the rhetoric of entheogens and how people discuss the experiences they've had with entheogens. The author interweaves his own narrative and experiences with the analysis he provides about entheogens. If you are interested in entheogens this book will be a good read that provides you some fascinating insights into the subculture around them. The author also bases a lot of his discussion around the works of Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, the McKenna brothers and other luminaries that have discussed entheogens in their own work. What I found particularly fascinating was the connected he made to Darwin's Theory of evolution and how work with the plants is a symbiotic relationship of evolution for both humans and plants.
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