The Death Incubator (London, UK)

Here’s a report by Freethink on London’s Death Incubator, a thanatopositive project combining psychotherapy, exposure therapy and virtual reality simulation.

The point is made that the VR simulation can’t possibly represent an “accurate” afterlife experience; that it is inspired by religious traditions and near-death experiences, serving as part of a program primarily intended to encourage a healthier perspective on the facts of death. That said, the psychedelic immersion does, apparently, include virtual travel to “another realm” and encounters with “otherworldly beings”. That’s fine insofar as it’s represented as a metaphorical, poetic experience, but mysticism applied in a therapeutic setting edges uncomfortably close to supernaturalist propaganda.

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