Am I Dreaming?

The Science of Altered States, from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality, and Beyond

James Kingsland
AUD $22.99

A scientific travel guide to altered states of consciousness - and what we can learn from them

When a computer goes wrong, we are told to turn it off and on again. In Am I Dreaming?, science journalist James Kingsland reveals how the human brain is remarkably similar. By rebooting our hard-wired patterns of thinking - through so-called 'altered states of consciousness' - we can gain new perspectives into ourselves and the world around us.

From shamans in Peru to tech workers in Silicon Valley, Kingsland provides a fascinating tour through lucid dreams, mindfulness, hypnotic trances, virtual reality and drug-induced hallucinations. An eye-opening insight into perception and consciousness, this is also a provocative argument for how altered states can significantly boost our mental health.

Author bio:

James Kingsland is a science journalist with more than 25 years' experience working for publications including New Scientist and Nature. Most recently he was a commissioning editor and Science Production Editor for the Guardian. He is the author of Siddhartha's Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment.

Category: Popular science
ISBN: 9781786495532
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic PBS
Pub Date: June 2020
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Neurosciences