Disclaimer: We do not advocate the activities discussed in this article. Though we do feel it is important to consider the implications of it, at least philosophically. Do not to try this at home or anywhere else!
Allegory of the Cave
Socrates asks if it is not reasonable that the prisoners would take the shadows to be real things and the echoes to be real sounds, not just reflections of reality, since they are all they had ever seen or heard. Wouldn't they praise as clever whoever could best guess which shadow would come next, as someone who understood the nature of the world? And wouldn't the whole of their society depend on the shadows on the wall?”
Hypothesis: We believe that under extreme neurological conditions, an individual may experience hallucinations and/or visions which contain surprisingly few rehashes of prior experience - and instead, “novel” experiential phenomena. If this is the case, can a human mind encounter alien worlds which he or she has never seen before?
An Experiment: Childhood Isolation
- Raise a child, from birth in an isolated facility, expose the child to a minimum set of phenomena. This minimum set will consist only of concepts and symbols necessary for basic communication in a natural language (ex: English). This will not include things such as trees, the sun, vehicles, and the exterior of buildings themselves.
- Educate the child with a very limited vocabulary that can accurately describe things, while minimizing education about the particulars of things themselves. For example, a vocabulary including colors, textures, sizes - but not the shapes and sizes of things they have never seen.
- Dose the child, at a appropriately safe age, under which the child may experience hallucinogenic effects, drastically alter their nervous system. A multitude of strategies can be employed - in particular, dissociative hallucinogens or isolation (flotation) tanks ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEjTXX2rHgA ).
- Provide tools for the child to be able to communicate, via drawing, speaking, and/ or writing what, if any, visual hallucinations he or she may have experienced.
- If the descriptions include such things that the child has been guaranteed not to have seen (ex: trees, spiders,dogs,cats,teddy bear,toys etc...) then we can conclude he or she is receiving extrasensory information about the universe and its contents.
A Looser Nut: Francis E. Dec