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Why are “Physical Experiences” Compelling?

In reference to Monday’s post, experience designer Sara Thacher tweeted “Why are ‘physical experiences’ compelling?”  I only touched on that question briefly in my post, but there is so much more waiting to be explored there.  Good friend Jen Doo brought up some interesting thoughts as well in the comments of that post, and before I knew it I practically had a whole post’s worth of a reply.  So let’s talk more about physical experiences! I’m new to all of this, and a lot of terms have presented themselves in my attempts to describe different types of experiences, particularly physical…

Experience: Presence, Novelty, and the Heart vs. the Brain

Running this blog and becoming more active and committed to it over the past few months have fostered this interesting sort of creative cycle. The more I search for things to write about, the more connected I become to the community, the more cool stuff I learn about, the more I actively participate, and the more I have interesting discussions with like-minded people. All of that compounds, leveling me up and giving me more and more to think and write about. It reminds me (and my husband) of the way our Japanese teacher in college described the process learning Japanese,…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-o-Scream 2011

Eyeball Roses

Nick and I took a trip to Williamsburg back in October to check out Busch Garden’s annual halloween festivities:  Howl-o-Scream!  At first glance, Halloween activities might not seem to have anything to do with mysteries or puzzles, but I think Halloween shares the same appealing spirit of adventure and intrigue.  After all, it’s a night where everyone wears a disguise!  And haunted houses are full of mystery (what’s around the next corner, and where will the next ghoul surprise me from?).  There might not be any puzzles or mysteries to solve, but the atmosphere is definitely in the same family.…