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In 1983, a team of deeply pious scientists conducted a radical experiment in an undisclosed facility. The scientists had theorized that a human without access to any senses or ways to perceive stimuli would be able to perceive the presence of God. They believed that the five senses clouded our awareness of eternity, and without them, a human could actually establish contact with God by thought. An elderly man who claimed to have "nothing left to live for" was the only test subject to volunteer. To purge him of all his senses, the scientists performed a complex operation in which every sensory nerve connection to the brain was severed. Although the test subject retained full muscular function, he could not see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. With no possible way to communicate with or even sense the outside world, he was alone with his thoughts.
Scientists monitored him as he spoke about his state of mind in jumbled, blurred sentences that he couldn't even hear. After four days, the man claimed to be hearing hushed, unintelligible voices in his head. Assuming it was an onset of psychosis, the scientists paid little attention to the man's concerns.
Two days later, the man cried that he could hear his dead wife speaking to him, and even communicate back. The scientists were intrigued, but were not convinced until the subject started naming dead relatives of the scientists. He repeated personal information to the scientists that only their dead spouses or parents would have known. At this point, a sizable portion of the scientists left the study.
After a week of conversing with the dead through his thoughts, the subject became distressed, saying the voices were overwhelming. In every waking moment, his consciousness was bombarded by hundreds of voices that refused to leave him alone. He frequently threw himself against the wall, trying to elicit a pain response. He begged the scientists for sedatives, so he could escape the voices by sleeping. This tactic worked for three days, until he started having severe night terrors. The subject repeatedly said that he could see and hear the deceased in his dreams.
Only a day later, the subject began to scream and claw at his non-functional eyes, hoping to sense something in the physical world. The hysterical subject now said the voices of the dead were deafening and hostile, speaking of hell and the end of the world. At one point, he yelled, "No heaven, no forgiveness" for five hours straight. He continually begged to be killed, but the scientists were convinced that he was close to establishing a connection with God.
After another day, the subject could no longer form coherent sentences. Seemingly mad, he started to bite off chunks of flesh from his arm. The scientists rushed into the test chamber and restrained him to a table so that he could not kill himself. After a few hours of being tied down, the subject halted his struggling and screaming. He stared blankly at the ceiling as teardrops silently leaked across his face. For two weeks, the subject had to be manual rehydrated due to constant crying. Eventually, he turned his head and, despite his blindness, made focused eye contact with a scientist for the first time in the study. He whispered, "I have spoken with God and he has abandoned us," and his vital signs stopped.
There was no apparent cause of death.
Is that not the craziest thing you've ever heard? I've found mixed reactions to it, some of them bizarre, but mostly, I find it to be tragic.
Here's the thing: the human brain/consciousness/whatever-you-want-to-call-it has some kind of tunnel to the unconscious. It's this tunnel that allows for things like hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestions. I also personally believe that this has something to do with our "6th sense" whether you believe that to be something intuitive, supernatural, or religious.
In the bible, there are examples of both good and evil entities using this pathway to communicate with man. Is pathway itself an evil thing? No, I don't believe it is. However, we mere mortals don't understand it, or how to use it, and so really, we just ought not to mess with it at all.
I do believe that evil spirits and entities that are interested in controlling us use this pathway to get to us, and I think that's what happened to the poor man in the example above. He opened himself up to this path and, without any perception of reality, anything real to ground him or comfort him, he became afraid, and couldn't figure out how to dispel these dark beings. Maybe we need reality to keep away such entities, and so by turning off his connection to the world, it was no longer possible for him to do so. I don' t know. But these evil forces first taunted, then tormented, then overwhelmed him. Keep in mind that when some dark entity tells you not to pray, or that something good like forgiveness doesn't exist, they are doing it to serve their own selfish purposes--most likely to possess or control their victim--and that the exact opposite is actually true.
As I said, a truly tragic--and yes, very creepy--story. Very interesting, but very sad. Notice how this was not publicized, nor has any such experiment been attempted again.
What do you think of this story? Did you have an emotional reaction to it? What conclusions do you draw?