In Rick Strassman’s 2001 book DMT — The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences, he tells the story of his groundbreaking work into the effects of DMT on the human brain. Below is a chapter-by-chapter summary, with some thought questions included at the end.

Over five years, Strassman administered about 400 doses of N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) to 60 human volunteers. DMT is a fast acting psychedelic. He was at New Mexico’s school of Medicine in Albuquerque at the time, as tenured associate professor of psychiatry. …

It’s rare to find a book so topical, concise and pressing that is also a great delight to read. If you’re keen to learn the important takeaway details from this book, but don’t have time to read it, this article is for you.


We emit 51 billion tons of CO2 equivalents each year. We need to get to zero.

The idea of climate change first entered the national debate in 1970. At this time, it was widely accepted that the best way to raise the quality of life and spread economic development was to expand the use of fossil fuels…

Payel Kundu

I'm a neuroscientist and bibliophile. I read a wide variety of books and write detailed book summaries and notes to help you get the key takeaways.

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