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Mike is currently working with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on their Intoxication Season, which will run through September and October – more details soon.

His most recent book, The Influencing Machine, is out in paperback and on Kindle. It’s now available in the US under a new title, A Visionary Madness – more details here.
There’s an essay on influencing machines in psychosis and fiction for Aeon Magazine here.

There are more pieces for Aeon on Geel, the ‘colony of the mad’ in Belgium (here), and on the changing concept of drugs (here). There’s a new article up on this site, on William Sargant and brainwashing (here), an illustrated piece on the discovery of nitrous oxide here, and an essay on the origins of the Illuminati here.

His book reviews have been appearing in the London Review of Books (here, here, here, here and here), the Wall Street Journal (here, here, here, here and here) and Nature (here).

He can be seen talking about flying potions here, influencing machines here, Bedlam here, brainwashing here and the history of opiates here and here.

Emperors of Dreams (originally published in 2000) is back in print in a new, fully revised and updated edition – details here.

Also out in paperback is High Society, an illustrated global history of drugs, published by Thames & Hudson (UK) and Inner Traditions (US) – publishing details, media and reviews here. The book accompanied the High Society exhibition, which he curated for Wellcome Collection in London in 2010-11.

The Influencing MachineHigh Society UK CoverAtmosphere of Heaven coverMedical LondonUnfortunate Colonel DespardEmperors of Dreams - new edition coverArtificial Paradises

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