Text: Dorukalp Durmus

05. Sep 2014

A critical review

Imagine you are in total darkness. Even though your eyes are wide open, you are not able to identify any object due to the lack of light. It is a condition really hard to achieve in today’s highly technological world. We are surrounded by everyday objects that provide illumination constantly, such as phones, computers, watches, alarm clocks, fridges, TV and if nothing else the stars even on the darkest night. However, you can attain the desired condition in a controlled space or a lab, if you are eager to try what is coming next.

For our simple test, you will need to voluntarily subject yourself to a space completely devoid of any light. A state of pitch darkness may sound scary at first, but don’t forget you are a volunteer (not a captive), and you are well aware of your surroundings (you have seen the space in daylight). The first step is to fall asleep. Then in the middle of the night, you wake up from a dream-turned-nightmare to face the same physical condition, which is total darkness. Your mind gains consciousness in a few seconds, maybe less, but meanwhile you will experience the loss of your conscious self (existence) in the emptiness. This void and selfextraction will not last forever, but it may certainly feel like it. The next step is the confusing state where you acknowledge your physical existence, but are faced with the loss of your sight in an enigma which may drive you to delirium if it lasts any longer. You return to reality when you recall the starting point: sleeping in a dark room with no light. […]


The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 94
And our PLD magazine app (iPad App Store) contains a media-enhanced version.

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