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Humans have long walked around in this world while dreaming of creating their own: a place where everything is better, simpler, happier. On this episode, we explore the idea of man-made worlds, why we want to create them and what happens when things go wrong.

LISTEN NOW: MAN-MADE WORLDS
We visit a nature reserve that was created as a slice of paradise in a densely populated country and find out why VR games offer unexpected therapeutic benefits to some people. Also, we speak with a neuroscientist who takes the idea of man-made worlds to a whole other level.

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An experiment in re-wilding gone wrong

It was supposed to be a paradise: a parcel of land near Amsterdam set aside for grazers and birds where nature could take its course. But things didn't work out as planned, and soon it became a battleground for humans to fight over different visions for this refuge. Take a listen »

Finding therapy in VR

Kier Simmons has trouble relating to people. He often "bombs," as he says. Kier has Asperger's syndrome. When he was going through a tough time in his life, he found VR games as a place where he could find relief and easily connect with others. Take a listen »

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