Isness

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In The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley recounted his experience taking mescaline under the guidance of the psychiatrist Humphrey Osmond. He wrote how it enabled him to perceive “the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence… flowers shining with their own inner light and all but quivering under the pressure of the significance with which they were charged… [even] the folds of my grey flannel trousers were charged with Isness.”

“Isness” is our latest VR research project, carried out as a collaboration between the Intangible Realities Laboratory and the ArtSci International Foundation, designed to explore how VR phenomenology might be designed to mimic aspects of psychedelic experiences. You can read more about it in an open-access paper we’ve just posted to the arXiv!

 

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