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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Daily Grail Publishing (August 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975720058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975720059
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vast work, brilliantly researched and well written... --D>TOUR

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The Long Trip endeavors to show that the twentieth-century psychedelic renaissance is not an anomaly but part of a long line of psychedelic traditions that have inspired some highly creative cultures ... Devereux presents a broad range of archaeological, ethnobotanical, and pharmacological information about psychedelics in clear, very readable English...

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Paul Devereux (b.1945) is co-founder and managing editor of the peer-reviewed 'TIME & MIND - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture', now a Routledge publication (www.tandfonline.com/rtam), a research affiliate (2007-current) with the Royal College of Art, and archaeology columnist with 'Fortean Times'. He has written over two dozen books since 1979, which has kept him pretty busy! He also gives lectures,presentations and workshops in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. His main research interests include the study of ancient sacred sites and landscapes, sound at archaeological sites, and the anthropology of consciousness (ancient worldviews) along with modern consciousness studies. He has visited many monuments and ancient places around the world, and has directly experienced some strange phenomena, so his research interests are not merely academic. In his books he maintains a factual basis without shying away from challenging subject matter.You can see (and hear) some of his acoustic research involvement at www.landscape-perception.com, and his website is: www.pauldevereux.co.uk.

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Enjoyable book, always enjoy learning about new and old things.
C. H. Moody
Hoffman discovered that the seeds contained the indole compounds related to LSD, lysergic acid amine... the same as LSD but about 10-20x less potent.
Justin Ritchie
I am kind of a history buff, mostly modern history, but this book dragged me into a pre-historic world of mind-altering substances.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Justin Ritchie on November 3, 2009
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On my recent trip to the American Southwest I was thrilled to learn of the prevalence petroglyphs held in the region. Here was an opportunity to see into the actual minds of the humans that forged the original path for our species many generations ago.

When I found my first set of petroglyphs at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, the music from the 1960s Planet of the Apes movie filled my head as I envisioned my predecessors carving out these images on these rugged hills. I could see with cinematic production quality the frantic artist, these images did not strike me as the work of a reserved and slow artisan but of someone that struggled to express either something that was important or something that he/she could not describe to the others.

What surprised me about the petroglyphs were their relation to the content of Paul Devereux's The Long Trip . Deveraux describes in The Long Trip the evidence of the relationship between humanity and visionary plants. The details provided in The Long Trip of the visions induced by these ancient rituals matched my observations of these petroglyphs exactly. On p. 164 of the 2nd edition (published 2008 by Daily Grail Publishing) a useful chart shows the three stages of entoptic and visual phenomena from the cultures of three separate continents. Fig 11.31 below isn't as neatly laid out as the one in The Long Trip but demonstrates a similar concept, relating entoptic phenomena to cave art, making the case that ancient art is often depictions of visions of these trance states.

The rock art at Dinosaur National Park corresponded all the stages of trance that Devereux summarized, including spirals (basic entoptic phenomena) and transformation into animals (one of the final stages of trance states).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Kirby on November 4, 2009
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I read the first incarnation of The Long Trip about a year ago and found it to be excellent. Devereux presents reams of historical information in a very readable and engaging style that demonstrates how the modern "war on drugs" is, in a lot of ways, a war on our most deep seated needs and desires. Humans have been altering their consciousness and entering "virtual reality" forever.
Now, instead of the meaning laden adventures of inner space, we create bland meaningless "virtual" entertainments that leave us bloated yet still hungry.
In my opinion, we have much to learn from these supposed 'primitives" about how to live as humans.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Kanter on April 19, 2009
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This was one of the best books i have read in a very long time. I am kind of a history buff, mostly modern history, but this book dragged me into a pre-historic world of mind-altering substances. This book gave the basis to many stories we have all heard of, and explained how they came to be. The middle was a bit slow, but the beginning and end were amazing. The book took mind-altering substances to a level of spirituality and religion, dissmissing the negative stigma of drug propaganda creating an enlightening story of how civilizations used these substances to their mental advantage.
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Good information but not presented in the style if prefer. Happy I bought the book. lots of data to add to collection. learned things I did not know. Loved the opening description of his first LSD trip. Could tell "he was there". Nice guy and nice book with lots of information but did not keep me in its grip too well.
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Enjoyable book, always enjoy learning about new and old things. Devereux's styles is more survey than analysis, more popular than scientific, and therefore more superficial than not. Still, it was worth the read.
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