Personally, I've always leaned towards science and logical thinking. This type of psychology primarily relies on the scientific method. I later tried alcohol and psychedelics, which confirmed my intuitive ideas on the subject. Weil calls 'deep thinking', corresponds to the counter-cultural movement to the 18th century Enlightenment referred to as Romanticism. Must of pissed off a lot of his square peers, as he was a pharmacist or doctor too and these views would have been pretty tabboo for a medical professional to publically expound - then and now. At every turn in our examination of observations concerned with drugs, we are forced to choose between rival interpretations. Weil is Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health.
Chocolate to Morphine: Understanding Mind-Active Drugs. The Marriage of the Sun and Moon: A Quest for Unity in Consciousness. I have been actively interested in drugs that affect the mind for the past ten years, and during that time I have had many opportunities to write this book. I have also observed that the distortions of communication caused by emotional investments in preconceived notions are most damaging in groups that regard themselves to be free of such notions, such as physicians and pharmacologists. Author of the best-selling Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, he traveled the world experiencing and studying healers and healing systems and has earned an international reputation as an expert on alternative medicine, mind-body interactions, and medical botany.
While drugs can usually get you to a state of altered consciousness, in the long run it is better to get to these states without the aid of drugs. I first was introduced to this book when a medical student in l976 in Arizona. The Problem of Addiction According to Weil, the problem of drug addiction springs from disordered selves, rather than the actual drugs. That isn't what's going on in this book at all, though. Weil's points in this book align with his holistic philosophy of health: drug abuse is the symptom of a problem, not the problem itself. Or, more precisely, there are no facts uncontaminated by some degree of value judgment. He believes drug abuse is clearly a problem that needs to be corrected, but that culture misunderstands the nature of the problem.
Weil is addressing drugs like cannabis that our culture has declared war on for its counter-cultural symbolism. As a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Dr. Straight thinking interprets the world in purely dualistic terms, positing a hard distinction between the self and others. Rather, it is the germ of a new way of thinking about drugs and consciousness — a way that creates possibilities for solving a problem that divides us bitterly in our nation, in our schools, and in our homes. These altered states seem to be doors to using the mind in very beneficial ways. The Center is the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine.
Examples of these questions are: What do these drugs tell us about the relationship between mind and body? The answer, very simply, is that there are no facts. Consequently, it is extremely difficult to talk about drugs except in a direct interpersonal situation, where, at least, there is some possibility of monitoring emotional reactions. Aquarelle by Carol Ann Wells. I have declined to do so until now for a number of reasons that are pertinent to the ideas I intend to develop in these pages. Though I knew when is received this book that I could not read it until my summer vacation began a week or so thereafter, I could not resist glancing at it as I tucked it in my briefcase. Weil claims that a culture based on deep thinking rather than straight thinking would be much more capable of teaching people how to satisfy their needs of transcendence without the use of drugs. Drugs are not an emotionally neutral topic of discourse.
Courtesy The Stain Blue Museum Collection. It is a very disenchanted, linear, machanical, dualistic, and rational way of thinking that is typical of ordinary thinking in industrial society. Among the considerations that have kept me from writing until now, the emotionalism of the subject has bbeen uppermost in my mind. It's all put very well. Weil's conclusion: society needs to think more holistically about drugs, and everything else, for that matter.
Drugs like pain killers, caffeine, alcohol, tranquilizers, and tobacco are all ironically accepted by society even though they are the most dangerous. Revised edition: The Natural Mind -- An Investigation of Drugs and the Higher Consciousness. I have waited for years for the talk to get around to the interesting questions, but it never has. . These discussions have been emotionally charged, but the intellectual level has been uniformly low, whether the participants have been psychiatrists or addicts, students or policemen.
I'm sure great philosophers like Plato would agree that it is good to spend time in states of consciousness other than our ordinary superficial waking state. The view around something that at least appeared to be homeopathic to the approach to drugs, consciousness, and spirituality comes off as a book I'd find on the Dr. Disagreement While popular with readers, Weil's thesis has not been without its detractors. Deep Thinking Weil distinguishes between two distinct modes of cognition: straight thinking and deep thinking. In this ceremony he consumed twenty-two specimens of and later reported that the curandera considered the mushrooms to be the gran remedio cure of all ills. He is the author of many scientific and popular articles and of 14 books: The Natural Mind, The Marriage of the Sun and Moon From Chocolate to Morphine with Winifred Rosen Health and Healing, Natural Health, Natural Me Andrew Weil, M.
Nor does it look as if it will. Someone left this book on my floor accidentally? I was skeptical of this book at first, because when doctors put their faces on the covers of their books, they are often promoting some kind of fad that doesn't have a lot of scientific basis. Similar themes can be found in the philosophies of Asia. This book was recommended to me by a close friend of mine, and the title is slightly misleading. But having acknowledged the reality of these problems, I propose to find solutions to them by looking to the positive aspects of the drug experience rather than to the negative ones which are visible all around us.