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Ivan Nel

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Why is absolute silence so terrifying ?

They say silence is golden – but there’s a room in the U.S that’s so quiet it becomes unbearable after a short time.

The longest that anyone has survived in the ‘anechoic chamber’ at Orfield Laboratories in South Minneapolis is just 45 minutes.

It’s 99.99 per cent sound absorbent and holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s quietest place, but stay there too long and you may start hallucinating.

What is it that causes our brains, to need sound to maintain sanity ?

Why is silence so terrifying ?

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  • Sep 26 2012: A soundless situation is not terrifying, it is the overall experience. It is probably the awkwardness of the situation that creates the terrifying situation.

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