Hush

I came across this article about the world’s quietest place: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2124581/The-worlds-quietest-place-chamber-Orfield-Laboratories.html

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This room “achieves its ultra-quietness by virtue of 3.3-foot-thick fiberglass acoustic wedges, double walls of insulated steel and foot-thick concrete.”

If prison systems could adopt this kind of technology, it would change the crudity of getting sentenced to isolation.

“In the anechoic chamber, you become the sound.”

This room is a type of auditory desert, where you’re left with nothing but yourself. I wonder how silence affects different people due to socio-cultural/psychological factors. Some Buddhist monks spend years in silence, whereas some people can’t fall asleep unless there is some kind of white noise in the background. 
 
The longest anyone has spent in this room by themselves is 45 minutes. Why do we associate silence with solitude and subsequently loneliness? How can silence drive some people to the point of madness? Why does being alone carry a negative stigma in the first place?
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