I'm Open Phil's in house counsel and would love to talk to you about this! I sent you a message with my contact info.
Vipassana meditation aims to give meditators experiential knowledge (rather than theoretical/intellectual understanding) of this conception of self. I think that's what a lot of people get out of psychedelics as well.
I thought this paper was really interesting: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/cogs.12590
"It is an old philosophical idea that if the future self is literally different from the current self, one should be less concerned with the death of the future self (Parfit, 1984). This paper examines the rela... (read more)
Giving money to individuals through private foundations is pretty cumbersome, and requires getting pre-approval from the IRS to run a scholarship program; then you have to stick to the same method of selecting recipients as the one the IRS approved you for, and it generally has to be an open application process. If you give money to individuals through a public charity it's a lot easier, but to qualify as a public charity you have to meet certain financial requirements. Another way of doing this is to just use a 501(c)4 social welfare organizatio... (read more)
A couple of quick ideas from a legal perspective:
I can think of a few different inter-related lines of effort in advancing the psychedelic movement, that may be most easily divided into:
Do you have a sense of whether the policy work and scientific research are money constrained, talent constrained or both? For someone looking to enter the field what would be
And as far as grassroots work goes, it seems important to keep the movement "respectable" but at the same time it seems important for more people to have personal experiences with psychedelics if they're go... (read more)