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Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences 183

Zothecula writes "New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it's easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person's self-consciousness by externalizing the body's internal rhythms. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with perceptual disorders such as anorexia and could also help dieters too."
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Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences

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  • by narcc ( 412956 ) on Monday August 26, 2013 @01:53PM (#44678399) Journal

    That's not an out-of-body experience.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 26, 2013 @02:01PM (#44678513)

    I'm putting this out there:

    Tactile suit that stimulates you in various points, synchronised to the vision of someone else being stimulated in the same way.

    Who is that someone? Someone of the opposite gender? A furry animal? Who knows?

    Psychologist advised.

  • by narcc ( 412956 ) on Monday August 26, 2013 @10:42PM (#44682405) Journal

    Because Randi's silly challenge is meaningless nonsense?

    To clarify my point, I'll offer my own challenge: One Million Dollars to empirically show that it's possible for someone to dream while asleep.

    I know that quite a few people claim to dream while they're asleep, but they're clearly either delusional or money-grubbing attention seekers. I mean, if people really could dream, it would be a cinch to win that million dollars, right? I'm not picky. I'll give you every fair advantage. I'll even work with you to find a test protocol that is acceptable to both of us.

    Now, a million dollars is a lot of money, so you'll first have to get some media attention before you'll be allowed to apply. I don't have time deal with every mentally ill person who thinks they can dream while they're asleep! I've got to reserve my resources for the big-name crooks and charlatans. Once you make a proper application and it has been accepted and approved, you'll need to pass a preliminary test. You can arrange that with a local university or skeptical group. (Pending my approval, of course.) If you pass that, you can apply to take the official challenge.

    Who would turn down a million dollars just to do something they claim not only comes easily, but that they do every night! Even if you don't want or need an extra million dollars, surely you can think of a worthy charity!

    Don't doubt my credentials. I'm exceptionally qualified to judge your challenge attempt as I can juggle a bit and know some really keen magic tricks.

    That no one has yet to even pass the preliminary challenge speaks volumes!

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