Have you heard of a 1983 experiment in which a man was denied access to any of his senses in hopes of perceiving God?
It’s not real, and is merely a short story.
The short story entitled “Gateway of the Mind” can be found published on CreepyPasta.com. This website is described as “a collection of various paranormal/scary short stories.” This work was posted on November 23, 2009.
The story tells of an unscrupulous batch of scientists who deprived a man of all of his senses in order to determine if this void would allow him to sense the presence of God. The man began reporting that he could hear voices and possessed knowledge of dead relatives of the scientists. He screamed, clawed at his eyes, and chewed of chunks of flesh from his arms. After begging to be killed, his last words were, ”I have spoken with God and he has abandoned us” upon which his vital signs stopped for no apparent reason.
Though it was clearly presented on the website as a work of fiction, over time the tale has made its rounds throughout the internet, sometimes presented as a factual event. We spotted the ending quote, “I have spoken with God and he has abandoned us” on several websites.
“Gateway of the Mind” was not a real experiment which occurred in 1983, but a work of fiction posted on CreepyPasta in 2009.
Gateway of the Mind (CreepyPasta.com: November 23, 2009)