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On to more skeptical stuff, thanks to reader Rav for shooting me this cool article about how a simple current can make your brain go crazy. To be more specific, it’s about researchers who discovered an area of the brain that when stimulated, causes a patient to sense a “shadow” person that mimics the patient’s movements. It’s actually (probably) the person sensing her own body but without the understanding that it IS her own body. Freaky! It might be the scientific explanation for out of body experiences. The article even goes on to mention an incident where a current caused a woman to experience the textbook example of an out of body experience — when the brain was stimulated, she said she was at the ceiling looking down at her legs, and when the stimulation ceased, she said she was back on the table.
I foresee this being the next wave to follow recreational drug use. Kids will hide out in their parents’ basements secretly hooking wires to their angular gyruses and floating around the room.