Beware the God Helmet

God HelmetCreepy. Via Wikipedia:

The God Helmet was not specifically designed to elicit visions of God, but to test several of Persinger’s hypotheses about brain function. The first of these is the Vectorial Hemisphericity Hypothesis, which proposes that the human sense of self has two components, one on each side of the brain, that ordinarily work together but in which the left hemisphere is usually dominant.

Persinger argues that the two hemispheres make different contributions to a single sense of self, but under certain conditions can appear as two separate ‘selves’. Persinger and Koren designed the God Helmet in an attempt to create conditions in which contributions to the sense of self from both cerebral hemispheres is disrupted …

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  • DoctorHuh

    AND?

  • MadHierophant

    I still want one. 

  • W ord Press Junkie
  • Adaugeo

    IIt doesn’t work for everyone. Even if they are wanting the experience and know what to expect.

  • Redacted

    Even speaking without being an Atheist I think there must be something more fundamental in the Brain that is touched by a higher power.

    I’m not sure what it is, but I know for certain it is as a consequence of Creation, and not the cause.

    Whatever God there is happens to be as much created as we are.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Persinger and Koren designed the God Helmet in an attempt to create
    conditions in which contributions to the sense of self from both
    cerebral hemispheres is disrupted

    the CIA has already beat them to it
    it was called TV, now its iTwitch technology
    the medium is still the massage
    the disruption of right/left communication is now so wide spread
    it’s invisible

    • Okarin

       and nothing gives them that sense on t.v. then like when watching reality t.v. being the ultimate watcher and judger of other people’s lives

  • Liquidself

    no creepy really; but an article based on a wiki entry? would love to see a new/recent interview with P.

  • Robert Vianney

    I’ve had four sessions with this.  The first was a complete dud, and two of the other three were really phenomenal.  One of them was like being on another plane.  I’ve been doing some reading about it before I get my own.  They’re not cheap.
    Each person got only one session in the lab experiments.  If that were me, I’d have to say that it didn’t work, but I had more than one, and i had some spectacular experiences.  I saw strong, brilliant lights against a very dark background, but I also felt my body become relaxed and very soft, like being under blankets on a cold morning – but much much more so.  It was like nothing I could remember, but it seemed familiar.
    It may only work the first time for some people, but for me, it works, and I’ll bet it works for a lot more people than the report papers show.  Richard Dawkins had some minor stuff happen the first and only time he had a session in a lab, but if he’d gone a few more rounds, he might have seen and felt more.  The other famous skeptic, Michael Shermer had an out of body (outer body?) experience.  The video is on his website.
    There is nothing to beware of in the God helmet, unless you’re a fundamentalist Muslim or a jesusfreak.  And nothing creepy about it.
    I read the wikipedia page about it, and it’s really one-sided.  There’s an editor who seems to just hate it (always read the history for any page on wikipedia), and tries to keep his opinions ‘on top’.  Wikipedia references aren’t allowed in school, and I can see why.
    This really is dis-information.

    • Barmom_98

      It sounds like the helmet induced SLEEP PARALYSES, that state between awake and asleep
      that gets out of wack.  Some people’s experiences with sleep paralyses are bizarre.  Mine was feeling awake but I couldn’t move,  I sensed rather than saw a presence at the foot of the bed, and I felt it was an evil presence.  I thought this it what it feels like to be dead. I wanted to move a toe or finger and when I was able to, it stopped.  Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often because it was the most terrifying experience of my life.  This is probably what happens to people who claim alien abduction.  In the 16th and 17th centuries people thought it was the OLD HAG.  Maybe for people in the 1st century is was God, and so we have religion.

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