What are hallucinogenic plants? how do they affect mind and body? who uses them - and why? this unique golden guide surveys the role of psychoactive plants in primitive and civilized societies from early times to the present. the first nontechnical guide to both the cultural significance and physiological effects of hallucinogens, hallucinogenic plants will fascinate general readers and students of anthropology and history as well as botanists and other specialists. all of the wild and cultivated species considered are illustrated in brilliant full color.
Written more than two thousand years ago, the tao teh ching, or -the classic of the way and its virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. traditionally attributed to the legendary -old master, - lao tzu, the tao teh ching teaches that the qualities of the enlightened sage or ideal ruler are identical with those of the perfected individual. today, lao tzu's words are as useful in mastering the arts of leadership in business and politics as they are in developing a sense
In the end of faith, sam harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. he offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs—even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. while warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic.winner of the 2005
As only he can, aldous huxley explores the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. these two astounding essays are among the most profound studies of the effects of mind-expanding drugs written in this century. contains the complete texts of the doors of perception and heaven and hell , both of which became essential for the counterculture during the 1960s and influenced a generation's perception of life.