Prisoner’s Cinema

During the 1960’s, researchers into consciousness developed “isolation tanks” – heated pools in a dark room where the participants would be able to deeply relax.

After just a short while, the participants would begin to hallucinate as a compensation for the lack of any other external input.

The brain, when deprived of stimulation, begins its own self-created movie produced by phosphenes. This effect has been known by prisoners for centuries. You effectively watch the movie created by the brain when you close your eyes.

You can place your palms over your eyes to help rest them, and the dark seems to stimulate this effect. Just let the shapes and colors emerge as a passive observer. Peering into our neural image recognition software in action can be entertaining and distracting, which might help you relax and get some sleep.
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