- Paperback: 978 pages
- Publisher: Transform Pr; 1st edition (September 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963009605
- ISBN-13: 978-0963009609
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story Paperback – September, 1991
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The second half consists of Shulgin's recipes and notes on the synthesis of every compound in the Phenethylamine category that he has ever made.
Overall, this book will change the way you feel about psychedelics, and the reasons that people use them. The story is at times inspiring, at times heartbreaking, and always genuine. Highly recommended as an introduction to the spirituality behind psychedelics and some of the issues involved with them.
The most poignant aspect of this book reveals that as we are organic machines, our consciousness is just another chemically induced perception and therefore only one valid reality predisposed by evolution for survival.
Shulgin's Genius is honed with such objectivity, innocence, dedication and clarity that he is able to both successfuly and interestingly document the human-mind altering effects produced by the synthesised compounds entirely dedicated to the second-half of this book.
Furthermore, I have read all of the Amazon reviews regarding PIHKAL and feel that some just do not get the extreme depth of this work. Reading this incredibly open account of Human reality means that there will always be dull bits and parts that make one cringe because that's how real life is for one and all.
The potential reader needs to approach this work with an open mindset and absorb the content without pretence, preconception or professional envy affecting clarity because this book is about the other side of the coin.
Finally, to dedicate ones life to recording Human perception so openly in hardcopy is a tremendous quantum leap ahead of the absurd revisionist realities that people in our "Soap World" prefer to pretend that they live via TV and use to deal with personal issues through the application of anger, violence and greed which are wrongly accepted as legitimate relief mechanisms.
In summary, PIHKAL is an extremely important piece in the Jigsaw of the "age of reason" and awareness. Don't be threatened, it definitely deserves at least "5 Stars". Read it, do it and get to the next level...... the evolution of mind.
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Absolutely superb. He gives you his background and explains why he does what he does. Very detailed and informative. LOVE this book. Wish I could give it 6 stars.Published 2 months ago by B.P.
Lovely book. I sometimes read passages from this to my partner in bed. More romantic than most poetry. The Shulgins are an inspiration.Published 3 months ago by J. Royster
This was a great gift for my husband. He was thrilled to have it and didn't put it down for a few hours. I will definitely be purchasing more of Shulgin's books in the future.Published 6 months ago by R.H.
Pihkal is a mad scientist who writes with impeccable reason and a good deal of style about his scientific experiments with mind-altering substances he has engineered in his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Audrey