Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Am I Dreaming?

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

James Kingsland



In stock
Ready to ship


Murdoch Books
01 September 2019
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.
By:   James Kingsland
Imprint:   Murdoch Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   415g
ISBN:   9781786495518
ISBN 10:   1786495511
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for Am I Dreaming?: The Science of Altered States, from Psychedelics to Virtual Reality and Beyond

Reveals not only how mindfulness meditation can rewire the human brain and help us achieve a sense of spiritual fulfilment but also how we can easily integrate the practice into our daily lives. * Scientific American on Siddharta's Brain * Brain science and Buddhist lore combine in this compelling treatise on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness * Kirkus Reviews on Siddharta's Brain * Fascinating... Whether you're a sceptic or a true believer, exploring Siddhartha's brain offers compelling insights and invites further questions about the potential of the human mind. * Chicago Tribune on Siddharta's Brain * A pleasure to read... This is a smart, accessible balance of philosophical teachings and brain science and how meditation can relate to everything from addiction to Alzheimer's disease. * Washington Times on Siddharta's Brain * Kingsland's book is a cursory but fascinating exploration of the neuroscience behind meditation, and he offers a wonderful starting point for further research and practice. * Publishers Weekly on Siddhartha's Brain * Rigorously researched, elegantly crafted, and personally inspired, this is a wonderful contribution to the burgeoning field of neurophenomenology, where science meets spirit. Every page delivers an insight. * Andrew Holecek, Author of The Power and the Pain * Compelling and authoritative... Read this book. * Dr Ben Sessa, Senior Research Fellow at Imperial College and Consultant Psychiatrist * A fascinating, eye-opening insight into how an alteration of consciousness can reboot our brains and improve our mental health and wellbeing. I highly recommend it. * Amanda Feilding, director of the Beckley Foundation * James Kingsland leads us through the wonderful world of modern consciousness science. This book is many splendored - read it so you can take part in one of the greatest intellectual adventures of all time. * Professor J. Allan Hobson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School * Kingsland does a wonderful job of succinctly conveying complex theories. * Philosophy Now *

See Also