French volunteers return after 40 test days in the Cave

Web Desk. A group of French volunteers emerged from a cave on Saturday after being isolated from the world, where they experimented with a 40-day stay to find out how well a person can adapt to loneliness.

According to the BBC participants in the 27- to 50-year-olds gave up using watches, phones, and natural light during the underground isolation experiment.

The group would build their own electricity with a paddle bike and draw water from an underground well 45 meters below. This experience of living in a cave was called ‘Deep Time’.

Christian Clot, founder of the Human Adaptation Institute said “The purpose of this experiment was to test a person’s ability to adapt to the outside world.”

He added, “These questions need to be answered more quickly, and at a time when the Coronavirus epidemic is causing widespread isolation.” However, when some researchers joined the project, some scientists criticized the setup of the experiment.



Etienne Koechlin, head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in France, said: “This research is very important and ground-breaking .”

But like other experts, Pierre Mari Lledo, an expert at the CNRS Government Research Center and Institute said there was no “control group” in the experiment.

Comparison of two different groups is an important component in scientific studies. Participants in this experiment will share their experiences through a press conference.

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