Am I Dreaming?

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

James Kingsland

RRP: £9.99

7 May 2020

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786495532

RRP: £14.99

1 August 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786495501

RRP: £7.99

1 August 2019

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786495525

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.