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Turritopsis dohrniiTurritopsis dohrnii, the immortal jellyfish, is a species of small, biologically immortal jellyfish found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the waters of Japan. It is the only known case of an animal capable of reverting completely to a sexually immature, colonial stage after having reached sexual maturity as a solitary individual.

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MTSMirror-touch synesthesia is a condition which causes individuals to experience the same sensation (such as touch) that another person feels. For example, if someone with this condition were to observe someone touching their cheek, they would feel the same sensation on their own cheek. Synesthesia, in general, is described as a condition in which a stimulus causes an individual to experience an additional sensation. Synesthesia is usually a developmental condition, however recent research has shown that mirror touch synesthesia can be acquired after sensory loss after amputation.

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The Simulation Hypothesis (simulation argument or simulism) proposes that reality is a simulation and those affected are generally unaware of this. The concept is reminiscent of René Descartes’ Evil Genius but posits a more futuristic simulated reality. The same fictional technology plays, in part or in whole, in the science fiction films Star Trek, Dark City, The Truman Show, The Thirteenth Floor, The Matrix, Open Your Eyes, Vanilla Sky, Total Recall, Inception, and Tron.

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