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Robin Carhart-Harris - The Science of Psychedelics


Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research, Imperial College London

Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris is a psychologist, neuroscientist and Head of the Psychedelic Research Centre at Imperial College London, the world’s first organisation dedicated to the research of mind-altering substances and focusing on three key areas of study: mental health, social science and neuroscience. Robin was the first in the world to investigate the effects of LSD using modern brain imaging, and the first to study psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms, for treating severe depression.


00:00 | Trailer.
02:38 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
03:45 | Brian’s introduction.
04:31 | Developments in his field of research over last 6 years.
08:08 | Why it was Robin’s dream to carry out research into the effect of psychedelics on the brain.
11:27 | Difficulty in shifting medical and scientific mindset.
12:58 | The scientist’s need to maintain an objective and neutral perspective in their work.
19:39 | His answer to the question “so what do you do?”
22:38 | The history of government and public perception of psychedelics,
29:59 | What effect psychedelics have on the brain.
50:15 | If we understood the mind we understand life.
54:03 | Pivotal moment between controlled or uncontrolled use of psychedelics can be curative or adversely.
1:01:07 | The line between scientific proof and belief in curative effect,
1:06:03 | Integration after a psychedelic experience.
1:11:56 | Robin’s thoughts on why there is currently an increase in the taking of psychedelics.
1:18:25 | What the psychedelic acceptance and landscape may be in 100 years.
1:29:10 | Psychedelic use thousands of years ago.
1:31:05 | The connection with nature and a psychedelic experience.
1:37:39 | Robin’s view on the current world of political divide and society’s future.
1:40:19 | What excites him about the next two years of his work in a field which has been frustrated until now
1:45:44 | Research into synthetic psychedelics.
1:53:07 | Would everyone benefit from a psychedelic experience?
1:53:30 | Experiments with DMT and our symbiotic relationship with nature.
2:03:27 | Robin’s daily practice.
2:05:15 | What is Robin’s superpower.
2:07:56 | The best and worst days of his life.
2:10:11 | What scares him.
2:11:14 | What happens after death.
2:15:38 | What we would be surprised to learn about Robin.
2:15:52 | What keeps him awake at night.
2:17:21 | Advice to the 21 years old Robin
2:18:02 | Success secrets.
2:18:44 | Brian’s summing up.


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