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I Unplugged From 2018 In A Sensory Deprivation Chamber

When your body is weightless, does psychological burden disappear, too?

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Peace? Tranquility? Psychedelic hallucinations? Anything and everything sounds better than the nonstop shouting match of 2018, which led me so far as to strip naked and close myself into a sensory deprivation tank–essentially a coffin of salt water–to discover true silence.

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I’m not alone. To treat the modern condition, more and more people are turning to this pseudoscience trend popularized in the 1970s. These tanks are considered completely safe to try, though one CEO recently died inside a chamber.

And after my first “float” (as it’s called by “floaters”), I wouldn’t say I hated it, but I wouldn’t say I enjoyed the sensation, either.

It’s the latest episode of You Have To See This, a new series on Fast Company in which I try some of the best, most unusual experiences created by businesses around the country. Look out for new episodes every Monday here and on YouTube. Meanwhile, if you have something in your city that I should try for the show, tip me!

About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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