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Constructing a sense of self

“He felt dizzy, stood up, turned around, and saw himself still lying in bed. He was aware that the person in bed was him, and was not willing to get up and would thus make himself late for work. Furious at the prone self, the man shouted at it, shook it, and even jumped on it, all to no avail…”


This article encapsulates some of the most important ideas, concepts and developments which lead towards the experiments on the simulation of out of body experiences. The article mentions Peter Brugger, Olaf Blanke and Thomas Metzinger, as well as some details of patient experiences, and the story of how this experiment came about. As well as the illusion of seeing one’s self”autoscopy’  There is also a rarer form known as ‘heautoscopy’…

“…during heautoscopy, you perceive an illusory body, and your centre of awareness can shift from within the physical body to the illusory body and back – there’s self-location and self-identification with a volume in space, whether that volume is centred on the physical body or the illusory body. The other key components of heautoscopy are the presence of intense emotions and the involvement of the sensory-motor system…

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