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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (February 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like it to be known to two other reviewers who stated in effect that Dan Carpenter's title to his book was inappropiate, that Dan did not give his book the title "A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape". He had chosen either "Psychedelic Passageways" or "The Psychedelic Explorer". The publisher chose the title after Dan's death and shortly before the book went to print. I feel that this should be told to those two reviewers and to anyone who reads the reviews. It's only fair to let that fact be known since Dan is not here to say that himself.
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I loved this book! For people who enjoy reading about heroic psychedelic adventures--and the mapping of uncharted hallucinogenic territory--this is a must read! Dan Carpenter follows bravely in the tradition of courageous mind explorers, like John Lilly, Terence McKenna, Zoe 7, and D.M. Turner. I couldn't put this book down. It's simply overflowing with fascinating ideas and mind-blowing firsthand accounts of amazing encounters with intelligent other-dimensional beings. Sadly, Dan has left this world (perhaps to enter the "Hive Mind" that he writes about), but thank the stars that he left us this extraordinary account of his travels and insights. Dan Carpenter will be honored by future generations for his brave explorations and excellent writing.
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I actually love this book. I relate so closely to his experiences and I'm irritated that kids are giving this mind-opening drug a bad name and refer to it as sizzurp, lean, robotripping...there are so many applications of this drug and honestly use it for meditation, introspection and shamanism. The author writes pretty well to boot.
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Carpenter has brought to light the potential of a very interesting dissociative compound w/ tremendous psychedelic and psychiatric potential. It's strange to me that DXMs use in some cough-syrups seems to degrade it in some opinions-- even though alcohol and a variety of opiate narcotics such as hydrocodone have been used traditionally in cough syrups for a century. No one can tell me that hydrocodone's status as a serious drug is somehow suspect because it's used in cough syrup. Cocaine was used in coca-cola once too. Furthermore, Carpenter used DXM in pure form as a carefully measured powder according to a thoughtful dosage schedule aimed at evoking the full spectrum of dissociative and psychedelic effects of the drug. The critical difference between Carepenter and some Robotripping teen is not only the purity of the DXM imbibed but especially Carpenter's meticulous protocol, experimental attitude, and talent for straight documentary prose. This book is an important first step in disclosing to a larger community the potential of DXM as a tool for transpersonal introspection, and a drug that may have a significant impact for the future of psychiatric-chemo therapy-- In support of this latter claim, I have obtained over two decades clinical and anecdotal evidence of the psychiatric benefits of DXM in the treatment of severe bipolar disorder w/ paranoid psychotic features. No peer-reviewed research but clinical observations have convinced me that some individuals can use DXM to produce a sequence of experiences that result in recovery and remission from major psychiatric disorders.Read more ›
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The title of this book is misleading. It should have been titled "My DXM Experience" or some such. The word "guide" suggest that there would be recommendations. Given the extremely subjective nature of the psychedelic experience, any attempt to "guide" another psychonaut is pretty futile IMHO. I give the book three stars because the author does posit some interesting theories about consciousness. I would recommend buying the book used, or try finding it in your local library like I did.
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