“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’” -Hunter S. Thompson
For those of you who’ve never experienced exactly what it feels like to alter your perceptions, and for those of you who have but don’t want to spend hours and hours experiencing the effects, your options have traditionally been limited. Perhaps a song might provide a window into the experience for you, such as M. Ward‘s
But thanks to the combined power of technology and our understanding of neuroscience (and perception), a simple visual pattern can induce temporary (lasting less than a minute) hallucinations, safely and temporarily.
The website Neave.com has put together a way — simply by staring at a moving pattern on your screen — to induce distorted, hallucinatory vision in people!
They warn you that if you are sensitive to flashing lights or suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, you should avoid this. To go experience it yourself at their site, just click here. But I couldn’t resist trying to do it myself, and make a video that I could directly embed into this post.
To make it work, just full-screen it, move your face close to the screen and stare at the center. When the video ends (it’s only 40 seconds long), look anyplace else and enjoy your distorted, hallucinatory vision for under a minute!
Once again, check out the original here, and hope you enjoyed this safe, simple (and legal) way to enjoy a little mind-bending this weekend. However you spend the rest of it, hope it’s a great one!