The real reason that Tony stayed awake was nothing to do with breaking
to begin publicising the results of a 15-year research project that
has culminated in the publication of an amended theory regarding the
development and function of the human brain.
The central tenet being that humanity has suffered a progressive neurodegenerative
condition resulting in damage to the subtle microstructure of the
human brain. This has impacted negatively on our state of mind distorting
our perception and rendering us psychologically dysfunctional.
The proposed ideas are challenging in the extreme and the implications
staggering yet just one year on an increasing number of the normally
conservative academic fraternity have begun offering their support.
Read a synopsisof
the theory now outlined in the book ‘Left in the Dark’
or visit leftinthedark.org.uk
to find out more.
press - Tony made it - for
would like to express his thanks for the support he has been shown from
across the world.
6.00 am on May 14 2007 Tony
Wright began his quest to break the 43 year old world sleep deprivation
record. The event took place at The
Studio Bar, a new live music venue in Penzance, Cornwall. The previous
record of 264 hours (11 days) was set by 17 year old Randy
Gardner in 1964 as part of a student science project in San Diego.
record attempt forms part of his research into human sleep. He has proposed
that each side of the human brain requires a different amount of sleep
and that, with appropriate preparation, it is possible to stay awake
and remain functional for long periods. While it may seem counterintuitive
or irrational, going without sleep to access more refined and functional
consciousness states has been part of the mystic tradition for millennia.
Tony is hoping that the record attempt will shed light on this and other
enigmas of the human mind.
Part of his preparation has involved eating what he describes as a primate
like diet - one similar to that of our rain forest dwelling ancestors.
His research implies that the biochemistry once abundant in our evolutionary
past was essential for our brain to develop its full potential.
were most welcome to participate, and helped him while away the hours
by playing pool and chatting with Tony, or just dropping in to check
whether he was still awake and sign the witness log.
Studio Bar is open between 9.00am and 1.30am; the bar is licensed between
11.00am and 1.00am, and light refreshments will be available between
others are saying . . .
in case you are thinking that this all seems a bit off the wall here
are a few comments from scientists interested in Tony’s sleep experiments.
Radio Cornwall covered the event
from when it commenced at 6am on Monday 14th May with regular updates
throughout the 11 days plus period. Interview
with Tony and comments by leading UK sleep researcher Jim Horne
Deprivation Diary on BBC Radio Cornwall