Tripping in the Rift: Is Virtual Reality the Next Drug?
My brain—convinced by an apparently gullible occipital lobe—interprets myself as being not here on the couch, but there, in this digital universe. Though my body may be perched at my friend’s pad on the south shore of Long Island, my consciousness is zipping through outer space like an astral projection, or that trippy scene—you know the one—from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The connection between VR and mind-altering substances has been made before. It’s no coincidence that one of the biggest proponents of hallucinogenic drugs in the ’60s became an advocate for cybernetics three decades later.
Really? I guess it was only a matter of time before the current resurgence of VR started to bring articles like this out.