Manesh Girn is a PhD student in Neuroscience at McGill University. He has been lead or co-author on over a dozen scientific publications and book chapters on topics including psychedelics, meditation, daydreaming, and the default-mode network.
In this wide ranging conversation we discuss what it's like being one of the world's few graduate students in Psychedelics; the role of buddhism in introducing him to "esoteric" or mystical experiences; the value of mentorship; and, how starting a blog to learn in public can be a power move!
Manesh is currently conducting research on the brain mechanisms underlying LSD, psilocybin, and DMT, in collaboration with Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris and others from the Imperial College London Center for Psychedelic Research. In his free time, he also runs the YouTube channel The Psychedelic Scientist, where he discusses the latest findings in psychedelic science in an easy to understand, but non-superficial, form.
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