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Old 01-14-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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Hack Your Brain: How to induce hallucinations (and other cool tricks) without drugs

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Hack your brain
How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio
Text by Johan Lehrer, graphics by Javier Zarracina

DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn't it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it's easy to fling open the doors of perception without them: All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works.

The first thing to know is that the mind isn't a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn't real - tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long.

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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"If you happen to have a realistic-rubber arm in the closet..."

What if I have a real human arm laying around my closet?

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Old 01-14-2009, 01:08 PM   #3
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Ping pong balls and a radio? What did MacGuyver turn hippie?

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haha great post. Lets all go trip balls.

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The unicorn in the hallucination is pretty funny.

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Popcorn Illusion

If you cut a hole in a box of popcorn and put your weener in it...

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The unicorn in the hallucination is pretty funny.
Battle-horse, not unicorn. Unicorns are for girls.

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I am gonna try some of this right after I take a dose.

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Old 01-14-2009, 02:02 PM   #10
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The Ganzfeld procedure sounds like a psych experiment in sensory deprivation that had to be cut off early because the participants were so uncomfortable with their condition that they refused to go back for more.

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