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160775.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:31 am Reply with quote

A sort of escapism...
In some countries (like Austria and Moldova) they have a special escape room for thinking and contemplation. The room usually has no furniture, except for an armchair facing the window, and some flowers. In Austria, they call it Stube, in Moldova - Casa Mare.

160801.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:55 am Reply with quote

By contrast, some rich USians have “panic rooms,” or “safe rooms.”

160807.  Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:08 am Reply with quote

A sensory deprivation (or isolation) tank is a lightless, soundproof tank in which subjects float in salty water at skin temperature. It was invented by John Lilly in 1954. Part of the idea is that you should have a reduced sense of your body's boundaries. Therapeutic sessions last for an hour at a time, but extended sensory deprivation can lead to hallucinations, out-of-body experiences, anxiety, and depression, and some researchers believe this to be evidence of a deep human need for almost constant input of stimuli, the opposite of Lilly's original idea.

The technique can also be used as a form of torture.

160971.  Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:14 am Reply with quote

post 56317 says something similar, which might link it to 'ennui', as it was created as a part of 'boredom research'.


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