Out of Body Experiences

When people gaze through the goggles at a chimerical image of themselves and then are prodded in just the right way with a stick, they feel as if they have left their bodies.*

Prod me! I will escape and arrive at the party a head of my body. In this way I can bear myself.

I will bring a bucket of chicken.

I am beyond the tyranny of physical being. I will eat with gusto. I am anonymous. I will un-drape my un-body, non-body, maybe someone else's body.

I will be the first in the pool.

The freedom that this experiment represents is tremendous. It sets my mind aglow.

I will travel the rest of this road with no body. I will float. I will flutter. Everything is simplified.

*“The sense of having a body, of being in a bodily self, is actually constructed from multiple sensory streams,” said one expert on body and mind, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. “Usually these sensory streams work together seamlessly, but when the information coming from the sensory sources does not match up, the sense of being embodied as a whole comes apart. The brain, which abhors ambiguity, then forces a decision that can, as our new experiments show, involve the sense of being in a different body.”