Free Virtual Reality
Oct25

Free Virtual Reality

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives. — William Dement I once spent an entire summer training myself how to dream. Well, training myself how to control my dreams. For most, dreaming happens whether you like it or not. But, what if you were able to decide what happened in them? Pull a bazooka on that nightmare villain, or call to mind a friend you hadn’t seen in...

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Dreaming of Whom?
Sep06

Dreaming of Whom?

I dream my painting and I paint my dream. — Vincent van Gogh Dreams are mysterious; even science isn’t totally sure what they are. Well, we know what they are (electrical impulses in the brain that mirror the pulses we emit when we’re awake). It’s just unclear why our brains have dreams at all. Now, just as unsure as we are about the purpose behind dreaming, so, too, are we unsure about the cause behind the content of our...

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Salem Psychology
Aug10

Salem Psychology

In the past, men created witches; now they create mental patients. — Thomas Szasz As we discussed last week, under certain circumstances or through certain disorders, people can experience some true, nighttime terrors—literal hallucinations where the evil doer is not dreamed but seen in front of the perceiver. And although these phantasms were short-lasting, with the wrong perspective, their effects could be permanent. The year...

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Nighttime Hallucinations
Aug03

Nighttime Hallucinations

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. — Bertrand Russell Alongside 30% of the population, sometimes I struggle with insomnia. Like last night, for example, I couldn’t locate the Sandman till well past 5:00AM, neither my thoughts nor my heart rate able to slow to slumbering speeds. One useful sleep technique that received some national attention (though only anecdotally...

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A Campfire Scary
May28

A Campfire Scary

Blood is really warm, it’s like drinking hot chocolate but with more screaming. — Ryan Mecum With the good weather, I figure camping season is here already. So for today’s post, I’m going to reimagine one of my favorite campfire stories: Behind the wheel of his new, 1995 Ford pickup, Tanner’s eyelids felt weighty. Music. He needed music and fresh air. It was still daylight, but with the inquisition of trees along the road,...

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