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Anthony Bourdain Talks About the Big Break That Changed His Life–at Age 44

In 1999, Anthony Bourdain’s career seemed to have stalled. While his “principal vocation remained his position as executive chef” at New York’s Les Halles, restless intelligence and wanderlust kept him looking for other opportunities. “He was 43 years old, rode hard and put up wet,” writes Elizabeth Nelson at The Ringer, “a recovering addict with a number of debts and a penchant for finding trouble in failing restaurants across the city.” He had fought for and won an undeniable measure of ...
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The Golden Guide to Hallucinogenic Plants: Discover the 1977 Illustrated Guide Created by Harvard’s Groundbreaking Ethnobotanist Richard Evan Schultes

I mean, the idea that you would give a psychedelic—in this case, magic mushrooms or the chemical called psilocybin that’s derived from magic mushrooms—to people dying of cancer, people with terminal diagnoses, to help them deal with their – what’s called existential distress. And this seemed like such a crazy idea that I began looking into it. Why should a drug from a mushroom help people deal with their mortality? –Michael Pollan in an interview with Terry Gross, “’Reluctant Psychonaut’ Michae...
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How psychedelics help you "die before you die"

The concept of "dying before you die" lies at the heart of religious tradition, argues Brian Muraresku.This secret ritual connects the Eleusinian Mysteries with the origins of Christianity. In "The Immortality Key," Muraresku speculates that psychedelic wine could have been the original Christian Eucharist. After a 20-year ban on clinical psychedelics research, the U.S. government approved trials on DMT in 1990. At first, Rick Strassman, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Univ...
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A Master List of 1,500 Free Courses From Top Universities: 50,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures to Enrich Your Mind

For the past 14 years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,500 courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and many other institutions. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, ...
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Magic Mill Restoration

Magic Mill Restoration Submitted by Pbdeguzman on September 15, 2020 - 9:29pm. my journey into flour milling started after stumbling upon a video of Michael Pollan lamenting about commercial flours inferiority. 
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Tech execs are donating millions to make MDMA a legal treatment for PTSD, continuing Silicon Valley's longtime love-affair with psychedelics

A group of Silicon Valley and Wall Street executives have donated $30 million towards an initiative to research the therapeutic applications of MDMA, a psychedelic drug as an ingredient in ecstasy.  The research aims to seek approval from the FDA for the use of MDMA to treat PSTD.  If successful, it would be the first ever psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to earn FDA approval. Psychedelic research has long been tied to interest from Silicon Valley's elite.  Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
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18 Things to Control When Things Are Out of Control

These things are within your control. Focusing on the things that are within your control is the best response to a world that is out of control. Sleep: If you want to feel a lot better, have much more energy, be a lot more productive, and do better work, there may not be anything more important than getting a good night’s sleep. We underestimate how important sleep is to our overall health and our performance. Hydration: Most people walk around dehydrated (I am one of them). After sleep, if yo...
Tags: Sales, Mindset, Focus, Control, Michael Pollan, Intentionality

A Practical Guide to Covid-19 Risks and How to Avoid Them

As some places in the United States and other countries are opening back up (some very prematurely), immunologist and biologist Dr. Erin Bromage has written a practical guide to the known Covid-19 risks and how to avoid them that’s based on recent scientific research. He begins: It seems many people are breathing some relief, and I’m not sure why. An epidemic curve has a relatively predictable upslope and once the peak is reached, the back slope can also be predicted. We have robust data from t...
Tags: China, United States, Italy, Jason Kottke, Michael Pollan, Bromage, COVID, Erin Bromage

My Recent Media Diet, The Pandemic Edition

Well, it has been awhile. I have not done one of these since late December. First I was away for a few weeks and then, well, you know. I’m not even sure if anyone wants to read this sort of thing right now — I barely wanted to write it — but I know a lot of people are stuck at home, looking for stuff to watch, read, and listen to. Plus, keeping the media diet going feels normal, at least a little. If you’re strapped for time/attention, my top recs are Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Devs, Exhalatio...
Tags: Americas, America, Earth, Fbi, Julia Roberts, Wes Anderson, Vietnam, Pixar, Richard, Spielberg, Seth Rogan, Tycho, Bush, Jason Kottke, DiCaprio, Michael Pollan

Fresh Air Weekend: Trump's 'Disinformation' Campaign; Michael Pollan On Caffeine

Atlantic writer McKay Coppins says the president's relection campaign is "pushing lies and distortions." Justin Chang reviews And Then We Danced. Pollan does a deep-dive on caffeine. (Image credit: Abdulrhman Al Shidokhi/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Atlantic, Trump, Michael Pollan, Pollan, McKay Coppins, Justin Chang

Shorties (A New Haruki Murakami Short Story, New Music from U.S. Girls, and more)

The New Yorker interviewed Haruki Murakami about his story in this week's issue, "With the Beatles." Stream a new U.S. Girls song. February's best eBook deals. eBook on sale for $1.99 today: The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski Rage Against the Machine has announced a 2020 tour. Michael Pollan discussed his new audiobook about caffeine with Fresh Air. Stream a new song by Jason Isbell. Town and Country recommended February's best books. Paste recommended NYC bands to know...
Tags: Music, David, New York Times, Usa Today, Peter Carey, Haruki Murakami, Rage Against The Machine, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Hazlitt, Michael Pollan, Carmen Maria Machado, Brandon Taylor, Fresh Air Stream, Jerzy Kosinski, Katie Gately, Kelly Gang

Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Cravings (And Why You Don't Have To Quit)

When Pollan decided to write about caffeine, he gave it up — cold turkey. "I just couldn't focus," he says. "I was irritable. I lost confidence." Caffeine reshapes the brain in surprising ways.(Image credit: Abdulrhman Al Shidokhi/Getty Images)
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Free for Audible Subscribers: James Taylor Releases a New Audio Memoir, and Michael Pollan a New Audio Book on Caffeine

This is a very quick FYI for anyone who happens to be an Audible subscriber. If you're not, you can start a free trial here. This month, all Audible members can get free access to James Taylor's new short memoir called Break Shot: My First 21 Years. Read by James Taylor himself, the book revisits the musician's turbulent childhood and his emergence as an artist. It also features recorded music by the singer-songwriter. In addition, Michael Pollan has released a new short audiobook, Caffeine: Ho...
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The Plant-Based Truth

From celebrities to the average Joe, more people are taking dieting’s newest fad — the Plant-Based Diet — for a spin. Unbeknownst to most, plant-based eating is more than just a trend. Scientifically, incorporating this diet into people’s lifestyles can benefit both human health and the environment. In the last decade, ¾ of people in the United States modified their diet plan striving for a healthier lifestyle. According to one study, a plant-based meal plan produces better results than any othe...
Tags: Health, Food, Green, United States, Lifehacks, Disneyland, Burger King, Joe, Michael Pollan, Red Robin, Mediterranean Paleo, Subway Qdoba KFC Dunkin' Donuts

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Aging Better

About 13 years ago, I watched my very vital mother die a slow death from Lewy-Body dementia. For me, it was a wakeup call. If there were anything I could do to stay healthy myself—to avoid the slow decline of an aging brain—I wanted to do it. But what really helps us stay sharp longer? And how can we separate fad ideas from solid, evidence-based advice around aging? Enter Daniel Levitin’s new book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. Levitin is a n...
Tags: Parenting, Omaha, Montreal, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Mcgill, Simon, Buddhist, McGill University, Michael Pollan, Greater Good Science Center, Jill Suttie, Lewy Body, Herb Simon, Daniel Levitin, Tilden Park

The Best of What I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
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The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Germany, Evernote, Singapore, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Earth, Ted, Austin

Chestnuts and Earth in a Burning Ring of Fire

What does “gardening like there’s no tomorrow” really mean? Do you think your garden, and earth, can avoid the ongoing sixth mass extinction? The U.N.’s recent “bleak” climate report may put a damper on holiday joy.  Believe science or not? Truth or dare? I think about my garden every day but worry only occasionally about actually going over the cliff. Let me put the limits of personal control and “eco-anxiety” into perspective. The Russians were going to bomb America into smithereens in the e...
Tags: Gardening, America, Earth, Dad, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Pollan, Oscar Peterson, Nikita Khrushchev, Allen Bush, Ministry of Controversy, Science Says, Mrs McCann

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Alex Enchin from WhereiPark

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Alex Enchin from WhereiPark. Who are you, and what do you do? A relentless pursuer of opportunity, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. One of the two founders of WhereiPark, a marketplace for monthly parking. We partner with owners and managers of multifamily apartment communities in major North American cities to monetize under-utilized parking assets at those properties. We are allocated a portion of their excess parkin...
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On writing: What illuminates a story?

When it comes to writing a story, it's important to find a way to have an experience that will illuminate the narrative for readers — that is, an experience that fills you, the writer, with wonder and gives you a fresh take on things. A good way to make a nonfiction story rich is by tackling the subject with different lenses, by circling it from different points of views.Good storytelling is about taking readers on a journey. This said, instead of leading with your conclusion, begin from the tim...
Tags: Learning, Writing, Neuroscience, Creativity, Innovation, Storytelling, Curiosity, Michael Pollan

6 Brand New Cookbooks for Modern Cooks and Families

Oh how the gods laugh when you make grandiose plans. I planned to cook and bake my way through heaps of cookbooks during our recent working trip to Maine. The bomb cyclone, including 90-mph winds, downed trees, and no power, turned my plans upside down. Ooops! Still, I want to write about another batch of awesome cookbooks that have October 2019 birthdays. A couple of these are geared to those of you on special diets (such as keto), one focuses on my beloved cast iron, and others are for...
Tags: Books, Cook, Maine, Bacon, Baker, Mediterranean, Cleveland Clinic, Lopez, Michael Pollan, Mark Hyman, Hyman, Beth F, Wegman, Chipotle Lime Shrimp, Taco Bar, Brand New Cookbooks for Modern Cooks

Can a Psychedelic Experience Improve Your Life?

My earliest exposure to psychedelics came from growing up near the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, well past the glory days of the Summer of Love. The Haight Street of my youth was a tourist destination for hippiesque consumerism, not a countercultural hub, though I was aware that a drug called lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) created much tie-dye and “the best music of our time,” according to those who were allegedly there. My parents’ own Summer of Love included stories of pot and protest but...
Tags: Parenting, San Francisco, University Of Alabama, New York University, Buddhist, Haight Ashbury, Michael Pollan, Pollan, University of California San Francisco, Robin Carhart Harris, Mom Dad, Integrative Medicine, Judson Brewer, Bossis, Peter Hendricks, Osher Center

Philodendron Philharmonic

Mary Vaananen tunes in to office plants. My friend Mary Vaananen records sounds made by plants in the dead of winter. Seems weird, doesn’t it? It is weird, but when you are growing desperate for spring, listening to tender plants is a good fallback. Have you heard of plant neurobiology? Michael Pollan laid out a you’re-not-going-to-believe-this argument in his 2013 New Yorker article, “Intelligent Plant.” Wired for sound. Thaumatophyllum (Philodendron) bipinnatifidum. The proponents o...
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Greasing the Groove: Lift Weight, Not Too Much, Most of the Days

For the Atlantic, Olga Khazan writes about an approach to physical fitness called “greasing the groove”, which some people have translated into the Michael Pollan-esque “lift weight, not too much, most of the days”. One way to grease the groove is to just do the exercise whenever you think of it. Ben Greenfield, in Beyond Training, describes how he would do three to five pull-ups every time he walked under a pull-up bar installed in his office doorway. By the end of the day, he’d have performed...
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MDMA heads to Phase 3 trials for helping PTSD

A new study in Psychopharmacology shows MDMA has a 50 percent efficacy rate for PTSD victims. A series of six controlled, double-blind studies moves research to Phase 3 trials. Combined with psychotherapy, MDMA could be a potent force in treating one of the our most challenging problems. None Over 8 percent of Americans will suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their lives, which is double the global average. Considering the current world population, that means rou...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Mental Health, Ptsd, Innovation, Emotions, Derek, Mdma, Michael Pollan, Cognitive Science, Allison Feduccia, Feduccia

Watch “Critical Living,” a Stop-Motion Film Inspired by the 1960s Movement That Rejected Modern Ideas About Mental Illness

Along with Michel Foucault's critique of the medical model of mental illness, the work of Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing and other influential theorists and critics posed a serious intellectual challenge to the psychiatric establishment. Laing’s 1960 The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness theorized schizophrenia as a philosophical problem, not a biological one. Other early works like Self and Others and Knots made Laing something of a star in the 1960s and early 70s,...
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Michael Pollan: Not So Fast on Psychedelic Mushrooms

Hallucinogenic psilocybin has a lot of potential as medicine, but we don’t know enough about it yet to legalize it.
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Denver To Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

Denver has voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Michael Pollan, who's studied the science behind psychedelic drugs.
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Tim Ferriss just helped launch the world's first research center dedicated to turning psychedelics into medicines

The world's first research hub dedicated exclusively to psychedelics opens on Friday with backing from author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss. Located in London, the new center will be ground zero for studying the potential of turning drugs like ecstasy and magic mushrooms into medical treatments. It's called the Imperial Center for Psychedelic Research, and it was funded with nearly $4 million from donors. Scientists at the center will focus on using psychedelics to treat thorny brain diseases l...
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What we learned from SXSW 2019

Earlier this month, we sent a team of 20 from across our London and New York offices to this year’s SXSW festival to gain insight into the future trends, tech and innovations shaping our industry today. After returning, some of our UK team shared what stood out for them with Creativebrief. They’ve been kind enough to let us reproduce it below. Here, some of the attendees at this year’s SXSW festival from socially-led creative agency We Are Social share some of the trends, brands and talks that s...
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