Sam Leith

Books Podcast: The art of losing control

Books Podcast: The art of losing control
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Is Enlightenment rationalism overrated? Do we spend too much time thinking and not enough time letting our conscious thoughts scatter to the winds? My guest in this week's Books Podcast is the philosopher Jules Evans, who argues that we human beings have a deep need to get out of our heads. We talk about his new book The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher's Search for Ecstatic Experience - in which he explores everything from extreme meditation to tantric swinging parties, from the sublime in Romantic art to the latest findings in psychedelic drug use. Learn what a near-death experience feels like (Jules has had one) - and wonder, with me, why so many people on DMT report visions of mechanical elves...

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