Fetus days

A while back I read an interesting article by a guy who’d taken to experiencing those submersion baths that were made famous in the movie “Altered States.” Basically, you enter a tub filled with water and then turn out the lights and this effectively blocks out much of your sensory data. This guy reported a massive calming effect that lasted for days, and even noted that he had lost interest in alcohol.

The question becomes, why? Why would blocking out sensory data for an hour or so pass on this long-term good feeling? It struck me today that the sensation of being immersed in water with little sensory input is probably pretty similar to what a developing fetus experiences. So perhaps on some psychological level being in one of these baths returns you to your fetus state. A state when you presumably felt quite safe and all your wants and needs were accounted for.

7 Responses to “Fetus days”


  1. John Saleeby

    My Mom went to see “Psycho” while I was a fetus and she lost her mind. My Dad was out working on the Railroad Night Job he had back then so she she spent the whole night scared to death. This is why I’m fucking crazy. So don’t take a bath to relax. Take a SHOWER!!! In a MOTEL ROOM!!! YEAH!

    I gotta go dress up like my Mom for a while.

  2. John Saleeby

    Forbis, are you the guy who was in charge of the Fourth Of July Fireworks out there in San Diego this year? Good job, Doofus!

  3. Wil

    Oddly, I watched them from afar but didn’t see anything odd. Frankly, setting off all fireworks at once seems like a cool idea.

  4. John Saleeby

    It was like a Ramones Fireworks Show.

    “One, two, three, four!”

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