(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]