How to change your mind

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 11 June

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

How could LSD and psilocybin help with mental health, palliative care and addictive behaviours? What was the point of a psilocybin mushroom evolving the way that it did? Michael Pollan will explore the “second wave” of international research and discuss what psychedelic drugs may teach us about the mind, human consciousness and their potential effect on our future lives. 

About the speaker

Michael Pollan is a bestselling author of books on human nature and nutrition. In mid-life, he turned his attention to one of the most intriguing stories of the 20th century;  the scientific promise and cultural burial of psychedelic research  and its renaissance today in the public conversation around mental health, palliative care, addictive behaviours and a loss of personal meaning and connection in modern societies. 


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Michael's book, How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


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