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Seize the Moment Podcast

May 15, 2022

On episode 131, we welcome Daniel Bergner to discuss his new book ‘The Mind and the Moon’; the history of psychotropic medications and their limitations; the neurological underpinnings of mental illness; psychotic disorders and the hearing voices movement; the anti-psychiatry movement and R.D. Laing’s imperative to take hallucinations seriously; psychiatry’s history of subduing symptoms instead of creating pathways to live well with them, and how we can begin to think about doing so; the hype about psychedelics for mental health treatment and why therapy is often needed as an auxiliary; the emotional significance of feeling connected to others and the broader cosmos; and why we still have so much further to go in understanding the mind/brain connection.

Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five previous books of award-winning nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling Sing for Your Life, What Do Women Want?, The Other Side of Desire, In the Land of Magic Soldiers, and God of the Rodeo. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Talk, and the New York Times Book Review. His newest book, coming out on May 17, 2022, is called The Mind and the Moon: My Brother's Story, the Science of Our Brains, and the Search for Our Psyches.

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