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Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason Paperback – October 5, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453760172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453760178
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Psychedelic Information Theory will prove to be an important work. PIT provides a serious, and in many respects successful, recalibration of the different psychedelic knowledge bases."

--Rob Dickens, PsyPressUK.com Review, December 2010

PIT suggests many rich opportunities for research that are bound to reveal pragmatic and novel applications. Not since The Invisible Landscape have I found a book so original and propitious.

--Jedi Mind Traveler, Evolver.net interview, January 2011

PIT is the everyman's guide to inner consciousness, unraveling the scientific foundations of altered states. Kent's reductionist approach also leaves room for mysteries to grow.

--Rak Razam, author of Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey, November 2010

Kent's clear trail through volumes of research gave me a solid understanding of hallucinatory states. Kent deserves a place next to Grof on the psychonaut's bookshelf.

--Sheldon Norberg, author of Healing Houses, Erowid.org Review, October 2010

PIT is an extraordinary book. I love it and believe it is a special book that over the years will increasingly emerge as important to our field.

--Neal Marshall Goldsmith, author of Psychedelic Healing, January 2011

About the Author

James L. Kent is a writer and programmer living in Seattle, Washington. His the former editor of 'Psychedelic Illuminations Magazine', former publisher of 'Trip Magazine', neuroscience columnist for h+ magazine, and current editor of DoseNation.com. He has been studying psychedelic phenomena and the human brain for over 20 years.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Lee on April 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
My acid-drenched late-teen spanned the very end of the 1960s. I longed for ways to describe and understand my highs and, at that time, the only book that claimed to interpret psychedelic experience was Timothy Leary's book of that name, which, modelled on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, handed the entire thing, lock, stock and goofy (but superior) grin, over to oriental mysticism.

What's more, the illegalization of acid in 1966 meant that book was left high and dry, washed up by the first wave of research, and so, by default, acquired a much more canonical status than it deserved. Another phase of investigation didn't emerge until the late 80s, when the MDMA craze catapulted psychedelics into the public domain again. Since then we've seen a cautious re-appearance of studies on psychedelic experiences; we seem, at least for the time being, to be in a modest renaissance of psychedelic research and evaluation.

James Kent's book is a timely and thorough attempt to describe and evaluate the psychedelic experience in non-religious, non-spiritist terms. He defines psychedelic information theory as: 'The study of nonlinear information creation in the human imagination, particularly in states of dreaming, psychosis and hallucination', and on its scope:
'It is the conjecture of PIT that all mystical states, including healing and regenerative states, have unique formal nonlinear qualities that can be described in physical terms close enough to make good approximations. This means that PIT is also a work of technical shamanism, neurotheology, or spiritual neuroscience, and can be referenced in the clinical application of psychedelic drugs in shamanic ceremony, mystical ritual, or psychedelic therapy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krystle Cole on August 21, 2012
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I found Psychedelic Information Theory to be very interesting. I enjoy reading books that help me learn about aspects of life that are either more scientifically based or integrally spiritual in nature. Psychedelic Information Theory by James Kent definitely accomplishes this. I was instantly engrossed in his concept of the control interrupt model, brain waves, and psychedelic action. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding entheogens from a scientific perspective.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will on November 24, 2014
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You've wrote a number of inaccurate articles Sir, claiming that millions and millions of dollars in methamphetamine's is given to the active duty members of the military each year. THAT IS COMPLETELY & WILDLY INACCURATE....No military in the world wants a warrior in a war zone relying on or being addicted to a substance. In the fog of war, pharmacy refills are not an option. A simple Google search shows this. Shows very poor credibility for a published author, very poor.
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