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Dano Morrison

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Overview

  • 11 Positive References
  • Learning French, Swedish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • MSc. researcher in the neurobiology ...
  • BSc. Neurophysiology & Behavioural N...
  • From Seattle, WA, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Make friends in Toronto

ABOUT ME

I'm a grad student at U of T, where I study the mechanisms through which neurons can alter their structure in order to accommodate new memories. Grad school is hard, and it's pretty much all science all the time for me. But when I'm not studying neuroplasticity, I enjoy making music and beer. I can play ukulele like a god-damn fiend, sing like an angel, and knock your socks off with a fine hand-crafted pale ale.

PHILOSOPHY

I'd call myself a Secular Buddhist. I practice meditation and keep the three characteristics (unsatisfactoriness, impermanence, and selflessness), in mind. However, I have a hard time believing things that can't be proven true through science or experienced directly.

Right now I'm trying to process Sam Harris' suggestions in Waking Up: find the illusion of the self that sits at the surface of consciousness and dispel it. Getting more and more interested in trying Dzogchen or some other practice that focuses heavily on insight practice.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I try to be a gracious, low-impact, guest and give back in entertainment and knowledge what I receive in hospitality.

After many good experiences at CS meetups, and finding somewhat of a home in the Toronto CS community, I look forward to organizing/attending more CS events in the future.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I travelled to Colorado for the Buddhist Geeks conference and stayed with some awesome, rootsy, beer drinking types. Surfed in San Diego for the Society for Neuroscience Conference, where I stayed with one of the most well-groomed and organized scientists I've ever met and got to know his immense Dalmatian. Then, I couch surfed my across the country from Washington to Ontario, making friends in Missoula, Bozeman, Luverne, Madison, and Detroit.

visited 26 states (52%)

Interests

Brewing, music, the outdoors (hiking, skiing, rock-climbing), film, video games

Music, Movies & Books

John Steinbeck, W. Somerset Maugham, Exploring Consciousness by Rita Carter (read this book if you like brain science but don't study it for a living!)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

16 years old. Flying home from Puerto Vallarta to Seattle with my family on a nearly empty plane that was delayed until a 10pm takeoff time. As we reached cruising altitude, I stretched out on the seat and saw the glimmer of the Northen Lights in distance. At that same moment, Time of the Season by the Zombies started playing. I couldn't stop laughing at how god damn perfect it all was.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United States

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