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Every now and again, generally while taking a shower, brushing our teeth, or trying to fall asleep at two in the morning, strange thoughts will enter our heads.
It can be difficult to recall the name of a hazy historical figure or whether lemonade is genuinely prepared with lemons. At other times, our minds choose the most inappropriate periods to attempt to answer the grand questions about the universe and life.
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Of course, what happens once it’s over, the moment of death, and what it would feel like are some of the fundamental questions we wrestle with throughout our lives.
An “extended reality” (XR) experience made by Gladwell is described as “at once meditative and unsettling.”
From cardiac arrest to brain death, the simulation “guides participants through a simulated de-escalation of life,” which sounds rather scary
And one TikToker, known as croom12, who’s been to the experience themselves explained that people are ‘laid down, the bed vibrates, you flatline’ before doctors surround you and simulate failing to revive you.
He then said ‘you float up past them into space’ and as part of the VR experience, ‘you can see yourself in the goggles’ for the out-of-body experience.
People going through the experience are hooked up to a heart rate monitor and can quit at any time by raising their hand if it gets to be too much.
Plenty said the exhibit ‘sounds intriguing’ and suggested it was something they’d like to give a go, but others were worried that experiencing what it was like to die sounded ‘really bad for your psyche’.
Other weird experiences like it include a VR experience of the ‘suicide machine’ which would let people experience a virtual recreation of how the machine would kill them.