Best Canadian Essays 2011

“The Tourists of Consciousness,” by Jeff Warren. In The Best Canadian Essays 2011, edited by Christopher Doda and Ibi Kaslik, Tightrope Books, 2011.

Article on the fashionable jungle psychedelic ayahuasca – “The Tourists of Consciousness” – is anthologized in this volume. The piece is as much about our reductive scientific attitude as it is about drugs and the mind. Does nature have an interior aspect – as we do – and if so, what is the relationship between that “mind” and ours?  Whatever our intellectual authorities may tell us, this is an open question – perhaps the most important question we can ask when it comes to ecological health and wellbeing.

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