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Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851685618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851685615
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,693,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In The Head Trip, Jeff Warren takes readers on an audacious, enchanting, and often hilarious journey into the slippery nature of human consciousness, from deep slumber to lofty states of enlightenment. This book will blow your mind." -- Sandra Blakeslee, co-author of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own

"Jeff Warren has done a great job with The Head Trip. Writing about any aspect of consciousness is treacherously difficult, but his take on the subject is clear, original and -- amazingly -- funny!" -- Rita Carter, author of Mapping the Mind and Exploring Consciousness

"An endearing first-person account of the various states of consciousness." -- New Scientist Magazine, April 25, 2009

"As readable and fun as a novel, yet accurate and up-to-date, The Head Trip is about your most precious possession -- your consciousness -- and the fascinating states it goes through." -- Tom Stafford, co-author of Mind Hacks

"In an idiosyncratic style, Jeff Warren explores the waking mind, the sleeping mind and the shifting territory between the two. Quirky, illuminating and often very funny, this is a book that will expand your notions of what consciousness is, and what it can be." Nick Rennison, Consultant Editor of Books Quarterly -- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

"What makes Head Trip so exhilarating is that, rather than merely tell us about such weird states as the hypnotic trance or the meditative pure conscious event, Warren actually dives in and tries to experience these consciousness states for himself."

"Ultimately, it's Warren's engaging first-hand experience that brings all this to life. As he undergoes hypnagogic experiments, SMR training, lucid dream classes in Hawaii or meditation in the Scottish Highlands, you're right there with him. You'll never look at waking, sleeping or dreaming the same way again." -- The Independent on Sunday, January 1, 2008

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"Jeff Warren has done a great job with The Head Trip. Writing about any aspect of consciousness is treacherously difficult, but his take on the subject is clear, original and — amazingly — funny!" (Rita Carter - author of Mapping the Mind and Multiplicity) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Shimo on 2 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Warren moves through the latest thinking on consciousness, mind, and sleep, with ease and zany wit and humour. Written from the perspective of a culture vulture trying to figure out what's going on inside his own head, he effortlessly synthesizes much of the latest thinking about the brain in fields as diverse as psychology, neuro-biology, immunology and others. Thomas Kuhn, Sigmund Freud, Steven Johnson, and many other great thinkers show up in this bold, adventurous journey through the mind.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Towns VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book! Jeff Warren has done a great job of exploring the range of mental states we experience every day, as well as some (such as hypnosis and meditation) not quite as familiar. Written in an engaging and absorbing way with humour scattered throughout, I highly recommend this to everyone interested in the exploration of the mind and states of consciousness. An entertaining and very interesting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucybird on 12 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that although I found the topic of this book interesting I was glad when it was over. It was interesting enough, and pretty well written, in some parts it almost read like a novel, but I found Warren tended to dwell a bit much on one point and so it came across a bit waffley. Part of the problem for me though was it was a little over simplified- I had been expecting a bit more technical information, but I think for people with less knowledge of psychology or neurology it would make a good (if long!) introduction (I am a psychology graduate, so lots of the content went over things I already knew).
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By Octavia on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
Jeff Warren has enjoyed researching the material for this book, and the fun he's had along the way really comes through. He also lets you in on a whole series of footnote anecdotes that don't really fit with his subjects but that he obviously couldn't bear to leave out! I learned a huge amount about my own brain from this book, as well as about neuroscience in general. It's sent me on to books about neuroplasticity and books about consciousness - I feel like it's provided a jumping-off point for a lot of further enquiries.
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