Pharmako/Poeia: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft
In Pharmako/Poeia, Dale Pendell offers a mesmerizing guide to psychoactive plants, from their pharmacological roots to the literary offshoots. "This is a book," writes Gary Snyder, "about danger: dangerous knowledge, even more dangerous ignorance." Against the greater danger, ignorance, Pendell strikes a formidable blow, as he proves himself a wise and witty guide to our p...more
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However there is a real mixed media approach to this book. Often scientific plant names, seemed to be interspersed with historical plant anecdotes (some fiction some nonfiction), as well as quoting many philosophy works/writers and literary works/writers which often seem to have tenuous links.
I might have skipped through this book a bit, and lack some of the scientific knowledge, but I really woul ...more
Dale Pendell is such a treasure trove of information. He presents it in a fashion both visually entertaining and mentally stimulating, his prose acting as poetry.
These books are not for the casual plant ent ...more
I'll just copy this bit from his bio, because it sums this book up nicely:
"He reads and distills the literature of pharmacology and neuroscience, of ethnobotany and anthropology, of mythology and political economics as they intersect with the direct experience of human psychoactive use."
He reads and distills the literature of pharmacology and neuroscience, of ethnobotany and anthropology, of mythology and political economics as they intersect with the direct experience of human psychoactive use.
He and his wife Laura currently reside in California.
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