posted on Sep, 28 2016 @ 06:56 AM
Not quite the McCollough effect but the new generation of DVD horror films are very worrying. Trouble is when the mind is faced with a threat (for
example) a Black Bear, the brain will assess and adapt to it and - I'm guessing here - elevated pulse and breathing, sudden release of blood sugars
and an immediate flight from its vicinity. Contrast the response with a deadly snake. Supression of breathing and heart rate, very slow reluctant
movement and even a feeling of faintness.
Its all to do with the brains assessment of the animals capability, the bodies following adaptation to surviving an attack and naturally, temporarily
making changes to the metabolism and brief suspension of lower order bodily function.
Modern horror's most shocking genre is the persistantly changing threat, it might have fangs one second, claws the next, or be suddenly multi-limbed
and the problem is that as video effect and (God help us) 3D imaging improve the mind is at risk of being fooled into accepting that it is faced with
a real threat.
If the brain persistantly changes metabolic rates due to a persistantly changing threat (not possible within Nature) there is a danger of suspension
of higher order bodily function - and a fatality probably due to heart failure. The unfortunate outcome of ever greater realism might yet have its