Gateway of the Mind Experiments: Real or Hoax?

Have you heard of a 1983 experiment in which a man was denied access to any of his senses in hopes of perceiving God?

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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.

Synopsis
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.

Human experimentation is often a subject of fiction, such as in this scene from the 1962 film "La jetée."

Human experimentation is often a subject of fiction, such as in this scene from the 1962 film “La jetée.”

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.

Bottom Line
“Gateway of the Mind” was not a real experiment which occurred in 1983, but a work of fiction posted on CreepyPasta in 2009.

Source

Gateway of the Mind (CreepyPasta.com: November 23, 2009)

 

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2 Comments on Gateway of the Mind Experiments: Real or Hoax?

  1. People intrigued by this article might also enjoy this entry from Wikipedia:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_deprivation_tank

    You’re welcome. And now, I have to go speak to God. Well, text him, because He never seems to return my voice mail calls except in ineffable ways.

  2. Sakura Craigie // September 8, 2013 at 12:28 am // Reply

    A similar story to this is the story of the Tulpa which appeared on creepypasta in November of 2012. The story, which you can read in the link below, details the experiences of a guy who participates in a psychological experiment in which he is encouraged to create an imaginary companion and give it “sentience.” This tulpa, of course goes rouge and ruins his life.

    http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Tulpa

    However, it seems a lot of people out there in internet land, have trouble telling the difference between fiction and reality, and the notion of creating tulpas has caught on in a big way. There’ a reddit which answers all your tulpa how-to questions, and those who claim to create these things call themselves “tulpamancers.” Here’s a link for the reddit. http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Tulpa

    Sakura

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