Dr Robin Carhart-Harris
Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, the psychologist, neuroscientist and Head of the Psychedelic Research Centre at Imperial College London.
Yours is the world’s first organisation dedicated to the research of mind-altering substances and focuses on three key areas of study: mental health, social science and neuroscience.
He 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.
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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