There are 15 people this weekend, all volunteers. Lombrives CaveIn southwestern France, passing 40 days under extreme isolation conditions-No phone, watch or sunlight. the reason? A study trying to explore the limits of human adaptability.
this is In-depth experiment (Deep time), as they said, Saturday’s climax was the departure of eight men and seven women Between 27 and 50 yearsThe people who make up this team.
Wear Sunglasses In order to adapt to the natural light, the members of the expedition contacted the world again. “it is Real shock. I thought we still have five or six days,” said Emilie Kim-Foo, a 29-year-old nurse who is a member of the team, in a subsequent press conference.
French-Swiss explorer and researcher Christian Clot is the founder of the Institute of Human Adaptation and the long-term leader of the project. “So far, no research has allowed us to know What’s going on in our brain In real life, when we are alive. Under such special conditions, there are few opportunities for scientific experiments.
During the isolation period, participants must Organize tasks without a clock Use it to measure the time to implementation. Instead, they arrange their days according to their own biological clock and sleep cycle. Marie-Caroline Lagache, a 50-year-old jeweler, said: “We may sleep more at night and less at night.”
In order to see the underground, the team Produce electricity by yourself The report says it has a pedal generator and draws water from a 45-meter deep well British Broadcasting Corporation.
“It requires Very specific experimental protocolOne of the scientific directors of the project, Stéphane Besnard, explained that “outside the laboratory, innovative but proven methods were used.”
For Clot, the experiment was “successful in many ways.”On the one hand, he promised, “Within 40 days of their conduct More than 50 scientific programs, From heredity to sense of smell”.
In addition, “despite Difficult environmental conditions (10°C and 100% constant humidity, no natural light or time indicator), the design of the task makes the life of the group possible and shows the development of collective synchronization. “
According to the French-Swiss explorer, “This makes it possible to carry out various missions. The energy and will of the team They finished the rest of the work,” he concluded.