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Thursday, August 23, 2007

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 Scientists induce out-of-body sensation

Science deals the supernatural yet another body blow:

Using virtual reality goggles, a camera and a stick, scientists have induced out-of-body experiences — the sensation of drifting outside of one’s own body....

The research reveals that "the sense of having a body, of being in a bodily self," is actually constructed from multiple sensory streams....

The research provides a physical explanation for phenomena usually ascribed to other-worldly influences.... After severe and sudden injuries, people often report the sensation of floating over their body, looking down, hearing what is said, and then, just as suddenly, find themselves back inside their body.

The new research is a first step in figuring out exactly how the brain creates this sensation, he said.

Out-of-Body experiences are sometimes called "lucid dreaming," and there appears to be a whole cottage industry of gullible people out there (just Google "Out-of-Body"...) willing to buy into it. I am not convinced that they are the ones who read scientific journals though....

2 Comments:

Blogger libhom said...

If you meditate, you can fake an out of body experience. The only drawback is that if anyone or anything snaps you out of that meditative state, you suddenly are back in your body, so to speak.

Human imagination is capable of all sorts of things.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Makifat said...

I've had plenty of out of body moments. Usually while drunk, during management seminars, or both simultaneously. I also saw the devil once after polishing off a bottle of rum on the beach. I've sworn off rum and haven't seen any devils since, except the kind with human faces.

12:48 PM  

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