(via Modern Mechanix)
Printed originally in Mechanix Illustrated in 1962, this is a brief account of one man’s exposure, so to speak, to an environment of solitude, weightlessness, darkness and silence.
EXPERIMENT IN LONELINESS
IN an underground Ã¢â‚¬Å“sensory deprivation chamberÃ¢â‚¬Â at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City sits an eight-foot-deep tank of water. It is part of a project designed to examine the mental stressesÃ¢â‚¬â€especially hallucinationsÃ¢â‚¬â€ that may afflict persons in environments of solitude, weightlessness, darkness and silence.
When Sid Ross, a free-lance writer, heard about the tank he contacted project director Dr. Jay T. Shurley and offered his services as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“tank volunteer.Ã¢â‚¬Â The next thing Ross knew he was donning a pair of shorts as an assistant fitted a soundproof, lightproof mask to his face. Ross entered the water and floated face down. Weightless, deprived of his senses, his fantasies began . . .
Soon a giant frog loomed up.
[tags]Loneliness, solitude, Mechanix, Isolation experiment[/tags]
3 thoughts on “The effects of total isolation”
I have always lusted to try a sensory deprivation chamber… if only to find out how fucked up I really am.
The BBC are about to undertake an isolation tank experiment.
Any interested parties should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Necro-comment. Cool, though. I fear I can’t quite make it to the BBC studios to participate, though.
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