Michael Pollan is the author of seven books, including The New York Times bestsellers In Defense of Food , The Omnivore’s Dilemma , and The Botany of Desire . A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine , Pollan focuses on the intersection between nature and culture, be it on our plates or in our farms and gardens. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world .
Pollan’s most recent book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence explores how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are used in therapy for conditions ranging from depression to addiction to anxiety. In an episode of The Tim Ferriss Show that Ferriss said might be the most important podcast he’s put out in the past couple years, the two talked about these applications as well as the reemerging field of