Top 5 Interesting Life Experiments
Spending a week without food and water; trying to endure three days without sleep and see what happens; try to survive in the desert… No, not these kinds of experiments.
People these days… that’s all you will think once you read all these life experiments. But, OK, let’s not judge. The following people decided to do the unthinkable (well for today’s cases their experiments are really hard) and go for a year or two without existential things like money, food, water, the Internet, you know the basic things. (You are probably horrified with the no Internet part, admit it).
#1. Man lived one year without Internet
First of all, he is fine, he survived. Paul Miller is the man who has spent most of his life connected to the internet (just like the rest of us). He ventured online at 12, and by age 14 he was working as a web designer. But by the age of 26, Miller felt he was “missing” something in life so, he decided to do a huge step, to some it may sound like a terrifying move. He decided to of unplug his internet cable and to try to live entirely “offline” for one year. This bold decision inspired some people to make a documentary about him. So that’s all that you need to do these days to get your documentary – plug off your Internet and you’re a star (on the Internet, where else, right?).
#2. Extreme nomadic life
26-year-old Colin Wright decided to abandon modern life. He lives a nomadic lifestyle, picking up and moving to a different part of the world every four months. He runs a blog and his visitors are voting where his next location should be. He goes “paperless” for a year and has not worn black for six months, as well. The idea behind all of his experiments is to encourage people to think differently, try new things, and be open to change. Would give up your comfortable life in order to go on such adventure?
#3. German woman lives without money
You’d think big deal, half the world lives in poverty, but this case is not even close to that. Heidemarie Schwermer had been through the boom-and-bust cycle of modern Capitalism. Her family members were wealthy coffee roasters, but they lost all in World War One. She had her ups and downs with her finances through her life. When she was in her 50s, she decided to do an experiment and see if she could live for one year without using money. She gave everything away, including her apartment, and kept only a small suitcase. That one year of life without money turned into 16 years. She stars in a documentary called Living Without Money which, interestingly or ironically, is not being given away for free. She does a little scavenging and bartering, and a lot of public speaking. Apparently humans can live without money after all.
#4. Yogi lives seven decades without food and water
Incredible, but possible. Prahiad Jani’s claims that he stopped eating or drinking at the age of 12. He is now 85 and lives as a hermit in a cave, where he spends most of his time meditating. There were two studies conducted at a hospital in India, one in 2003 and another in 2010, to verify his assertions. The first experiment lasted for 10 days and the second stretched for 15 days. Both times he was kept in a sealed room without toilet and was only allowed to gargle. Doctors say didn’t eat nor defecate, but they have yet to submit their findings to a scientific journal for analysis because what he was doing, or rather not doing, was a mystery for them. The internet debates constantly over his condition and if his way of life is true or not, but nothing of this goes to him because he peacefully lives in his cave.
#5. No “Made in China” products shopping
This idea wasn’t anyhow connected with buying only homemade products. Sara Bongiorni just wanted to make people aware of the dependence on the international trading system, specifically with China. In 2005, she vowed to only purchase items for her family that were not manufactured in the world’s most populous country, whose cheap exports flood the world marketplace. The family said that the task was very difficult because almost everything was manufactured in China. Sara said that shopping became more meaningful, and that she and her family became more aware on every item they were spending money on.