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What are the effects of chamber REST on the scientific understanding of reality? An exploratory study

Jedlička, Petr, Malůš, Marek, Tylš, Filip and Paitlová, Jitka (2023) What are the effects of chamber REST on the scientific understanding of reality? An exploratory study. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 30 (1-2). 163 - 190. ISSN 1355-8250

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Identification Number: 10.53765/20512201.30.1.163

Abstract

In this paper we present an exploratory study on the understanding of reality among scientists. The nature of reality has been a conundrum for generations of theologians, philosophers, and scientists as well as the lay public. It also appears as a scientific problem in various disciplines, from physics to psychiatry and neuroscience. For the purpose of our study, we employed Chamber REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation), which has been known to produce substantial perceptual effects such as visual or auditory pseudo-hallucinations. We hypothesized that such experiences could alter basic underlying metaphysical beliefs which our subject-scientists hold about reality. We conclude that the technique showed the potential to induce such changes, but the outcome is also probably dependent on their pre-existing views gained through previous experi-ences, such as for example altered states of consciousness. Also, the effects of Chamber REST seem to be in this respect comparable to psychedelic sessions.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/jcs
Additional Information: © 2023, Imprint Academic. All rights reserved.
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2023 09:27
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 20:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/118229

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