As social creatures we know that isolation can be emotionally difficult, but research shows that it can be psychologically damaging as well. So why then, would anyone live this way by choice? This hour, we hear two such cases of isolated living.
The first involves six scientists who lived in a dome on a secluded island for a year to simulate conditions settlers may one day find on Mars. And the second is with the prince of a remote micro-nation called Sealand. We ask what drew him to a life on a tiny concrete platform floating in the middle of England's North Sea.
- Dr. Sheyna Gifford - Scientist in residence at the St. Louis Science Center and Chief Medical Officer of the HI-SEAS 4 mission on Mauna Loa, Hawaii
- John Mathieu - Professor of Management at UConn and expert on team and leadership dynamics
- Michael Bates - Prince of the micro-nation Sealand and author of Holding the Fort
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.