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My glasses make me feel unreal / are provoking feelings of derealization

I've worn glasses for the last ten years, and ever since I've got them, I've experienced what I can only describe as minor feelings of derealization. Everything always seems.... a little strange with them on - it's as if the world is not quite there, and everything is slightly unreal. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by inner_frustration on Oct 11, 2016 - 17 answers

Best Gear VR Experiences / Apps / Games for Artsy Adult?

I got a Gear VR headset as a gift and it's amazing. Most of the "Top 10" lists out there reviewing content are geared more toward gamers. What I've enjoyed the most so far are the two Cirque du Soleil performances and some of the static, virtual art installations, and just looking for other recommendations that are similar in nature and quality. (The fact that Oculus doesn't offer capability to search their offerings makes it extra hard to find good content.) [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Sep 3, 2016 - 3 answers

John Nash and the establishment of reality

In the film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash struggles with realistic hallucinations of imaginary people. At one point, a representative from the Nobel Prize approaches Nash, and Nash checks with a student familiar to him to verify that the Nobel rep is real. How would someone in Nash's position know that the student was real? How would such a person establish the reality of anything? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Learning to handle how kick-butt reality is

Spending time with geologists recently makes me want to find ways to live in the universe as it actually is (to the best current knowledge). I know, in a shallow way, that my body is a thriving microbial ecosystem, that the planet is billions of years old, that I'm (partially) breathing products of photosynthesis, that the universe is unimaginably vast, and so on. I'd like to find experiences, practices, places, and reading and other media that can help me internalize and understand more deeply what we actually know to be true. [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Mar 6, 2015 - 21 answers

How staged/fake is MasterChef Junior?

On the recommendation of several friends I watched the entire last season of Masterchef Junior (US), and I was amazed at what 8-12 year olds on the show were doing, but part of me wonders how real the show really was. I've googled and can't find much beyond people saying it's fake and others saying it's real. Is there more info I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 10, 2015 - 30 answers

What to do when you're completely disinterested society?

Late 20's. I have a stable job and income. Just one problem: I'm completely disengaged and disinterested in what our society has to offer. I tried consumerism and all I got was this pile of useless shit. I rebounded by taking on extreme minimalism: I own almost nothing now. I've looked into every hobby that could possibly interest me and found none of them engaging enough to pursue. What to do when you're completely disengaged from society? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 56 answers

So that ended...abruptly.

What happens to reality show people? I sometimes watch brainless reality tv. And I'm not talking about Survivor or Big Brother...I'm talking straight up trash tv. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jul 7, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me get through a TV taping

I wrote a story for an online women's magazine, and it was picked up for a Canadian television network. They'll tape me as I'm telling my story, and then they'll re-enact it with actors. If you've ever seen Investigation Discovery episodes, it'll be like that, but funny. How do I get through this? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Is reality really this malleable?

Depression has lifted with magnesium supplements. I perceive what I would call reality differently on and off the supplements. This is very strange, yet it is pleasant when I take them religiously. What should I make of this? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Feb 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Beyond Google Glass: Good writings on Augmented Reality

I want to read about Augmented Reality. Tech developments IRL; techno-utopian / transhuman dreams, and hard-fought aspirations; and any sci-fictional dystopian nightmares you know of. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Identify this reality-bending TV show episode

I once saw a show, which I remember as being from The Outer Limits, where two people discover that reality isn't as they thought. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

What do we need to know before this reality show interviews us?

The producers of a very famous reality show* are going to be in my place of employment today, "casting" employees to be part of a possible new reality show. What do we need to know to before we talk to them? [more inside]
posted by MexicanYenta on Aug 17, 2013 - 20 answers

How do you find the press images of a reality show?

I'd like to find high resolution versions of publicity photos from certain reality shows: Buck Wild, Duck Dynasty, Call of the Wildman, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Moonshiners. Obviously, the press is given access to these images so I wonder if any of those high resolution images are available to the public. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on May 14, 2013 - 5 answers

How solid is perceived reality for the average person?

I know that the brain filters things and adds symbolic meaning which makes our perception of reality uniquely subjective, but still I grew up believing that others were seeing more or less the same things I was seeing, which was a fair representation of objective reality. Now I'm starting to question that and wondering what 'normal' is. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Apr 16, 2013 - 29 answers

The places in the world where the walls are weak

I was thinking of this comment by humanfont - "The high Rockies are at the edge of the spirit world and not to be entered into lightly or alone." Where else is like this? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 17, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me find this site!!!!!!

A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Speculative Realism 101

Speculative Realism: What are the key texts I need to read. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Take out your trash

What are this year's (or last year's) campest, trashiest reality shows from the US? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 24, 2012 - 31 answers

Augmented Reality for Dummy Idiots

Augmented Reality for beginners... [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Apr 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Literature to mediate on the scum of the earth

I have been trying to deal with the shadows, or dark reality, of life: sex-trafficking, war crimes, war rape, rape, hatred, familial abuse, child pornography; even the "lighter" shadows of infidelity, corruption (of the 3rd World and 1st World), hard drug use and dealing of financial elites, etc.; and perhaps maybe even more importantly: the lack of public-moral outrage that would seek to eradicate such an infestation (strong words, sure - I don't mean to imply I want a 21st century witch hunt). [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Feb 24, 2012 - 26 answers

dreaming away

is it possible to stay locked in or stuck in a dream & never wake up? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

I am the worst daughter

I've achieved having an emotionally calm and pleasant daily life for myself, but I'm worried that once my mother passes, I'll forget the reality of our dynamic and feel like a horrible and evil daughter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 - 22 answers

"Though lovers be lost love shall not; And death shall have no dominion."

I fell in love with Vincent. Alas, I have now watched all of "Beauty & the Beast." Who can I fall in love with now? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Aug 16, 2011 - 28 answers

The lines between dream and reality are a blur.

I've frequently dream, and sometimes I have trouble telling them apart from reality. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 4, 2011 - 29 answers

Responding to an ex who's broken with reality

Utterly delusional letter sent from my ex to my current partner (stating I belong with the ex, am being kept from him, and am currently in love with him). Here is our plan; what do you think? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2011 - 58 answers

Survivor Fan-sites?

Can anyone recommend some good Survivor (US TV Series) websites? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy on May 24, 2011 - 10 answers

You gave me life but it belongs to me now

How do I stop feeling responsible to my family for keeping myself safe and guitly for taking risks? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Apr 26, 2011 - 19 answers

I have an idea for a documentary. Now I just need to see some similar ideas so I can figure out how to do it.

I'm thinking of putting my resources into a documentary on a small quirky themepark that went out of business a while ago. What I need are good examples of feature length documentaries on unusual places so I can see how one would be produced. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 14, 2011 - 8 answers


Survivor-filter. How do contestants know how to spell each other's names? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 3, 2011 - 19 answers

Looking for quality British "reality" programming

Looking for quality British "reality" programming.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Feb 18, 2011 - 34 answers

The Ivy League Survivor

What is the name of this (old) reality TV show? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Feb 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Philosophy Filter: We act as if there is an objective reality, so why not assume that there is?

We act as if there is an objective reality, so why not assume that there is? I am looking for the philosophical theory that basically states "yah, I know everyone has different perceptions of reality and that our perceptions can deceive us, but most of us believe and act as if there is a shared objective reality (so there probably is one.) Can anyone recommend a simple text/author that might describe this?
posted by turtlefu on Dec 6, 2010 - 16 answers

Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?

"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Ma'am, there are needles in my burger. What is this?!

"You are being lied to" exposes? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Oct 7, 2010 - 19 answers

reality tv revenue stream?

I'm looking for an overview of the economics of reality television - how much does this sector generate in cash? [more inside]
posted by TMezz on Oct 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What is everything made out of?

Attn: scientifically minded Mefites! I want to learn about what everything is made out of! [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Oct 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Breaking up with a person who'll refuse to break up

Breaking up with a boyfriend who seems to be getting increasingly removed from reality, and is almost guaranteed not to accept the breakup? I'm preoccupied with thoughts of how this could get worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 - 22 answers

Turtles all the way down

Which book, movie, etc, has the most layers of reality (or stories within stories)? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jul 22, 2010 - 56 answers

Life is but a dream...

Throughout my childhood, I had persistent feelings of being "in a dream," as well as frequent, rather jarring feelings of "is this real"? Is this phenomenon common? Is there a name for it? [more inside]
posted by wholebroad on Jul 18, 2010 - 31 answers

Brit game show?

What was the British game show that aired on BBCA ... [more inside]
posted by pinkkitty on Jul 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Where has all the music gone?

Lots of current pop music as background on UK television shows. Not so much on US shows. What gives? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Apr 12, 2010 - 8 answers

And the dreams go on and on and on

I have telescopic dreams once in a while - dreaming something only to realise that I'm dreaming, "wake up" in another dream, then sometimes switching back to the first dream or "waking up" to another dream entirely. They freak me out quite a bit as I'm never quite sure if or when I'm really awake. Why do these dreams happen? Is anything the matter? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 12, 2010 - 18 answers

I see more than dead people....

Why is my brain deceiving me? [more inside]
posted by krisak on Mar 14, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me articulate the concept of how unfamiliarity and familiarity alter perception.

Help me articulate the concept of how unfamiliarity and familiarity alter perception. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Nov 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Who will send me TV listings like the ones in TV Guide?

I want an e-mail or RSS update that tells me all the shows I want to watch that day and give me a brief synopsis of said episode. Is there anything like this out there? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 10, 2009 - 2 answers

How to write a compelling pitch for a reality show?

Dear Hivemind: Where can I find examples of treatments for Reality TV shows? [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Mar 8, 2009 - 1 answer

I'm real.

What is the best way to confirm your own reality, as much as logically possible? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 16, 2009 - 33 answers

What's the name of this early reality show about stranded people trying to get back to the US?

Help me recall this proto-Amazing Race game show... [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Dec 27, 2008 - 6 answers

Peter Block books and more?

First world problems, analysis paralysis, and personal actualization: Book's similar to Peter Block's The Answer to How Is Yes? I haven't even read this book, actually. But, I probably will. Clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 20, 2008 - 1 answer

Name that bizarre late 80s medical reality show.

ObscureTVFilter: Help me remember the name of this strange medical reality TV show from my childhood. It aired on American television either in the late 1980s or early 90s, and followed clinic patients into an exam room to record their interactions with the doctor and his ultimate diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Nov 19, 2008 - 4 answers

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