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Man who tried to live as a GOAT, living as part of a herd in the Swiss Alps {VIDEO}

This is Thomas Thwaites. He's a designer. You might know him from his TED Talk about building a toaster from scratch. Last year, he decided that he wanted to take a break from being a human.

This is Thomas Thwaites. He's a designer. You might know him from his TED Talk about building a toaster from scratch. Last year, he decided that he wanted to take a break from being a human.

When life gets unbearably stressful, most of us opt for a vacation that relieves us of the worries of day-to-day life.

Thomas Thwaites, a UK-based designer, decided to take that a step further and take a break from being a human entirely. He became a goat.

Seriously. With the help of a team of researchers and the financial support of a London-based biomedical research group, Thwaites built himself a suit to achieve goat status and cross the Alps, all of which he chronicles in his upcoming book.

For Thwaites, the project wasn't just a physical adventure. It was a psychological one, too.

"I started thinking of the project as kind of this investigation into what present-day science and technology could do to help me achieve what I think is this ancient human desire of becoming more like an animal," Thwaites told Business Insider.

Here's what the experiment was like:

At first, Thwaites wanted to try being an elephant. Its size, he thought, would make it easier to transition from a two-legged person to a four-legged animal. But he changed his plan after speaking with a shaman who said that he'd connect better to his environment if he chose to become a goat.

At first, Thwaites wanted to try being an elephant. Its size, he thought, would make it easier to transition from a two-legged person to a four-legged animal. But he changed his plan after speaking with a shaman who said that he'd connect better to his environment if he chose to become a goat.

Next, Thwaites went about discovering how to be a goat. He spoke to goat behavioral experts to find out how and what goats think. After finding out that activity in several parts of his brain distinguish him from a goat, he met with a neuroscientist at University College London to try and hack a system for temporarily shutting those parts off, particularly the Broca's area, which is related to speech. To Thwaites' dismay, the technology to turn off a person's ability to understand language isn't there yet. So, Thwaites decided to focus on the physical aspects of becoming a goat.

Next, Thwaites went about discovering how to be a goat. He spoke to goat behavioral experts to find out how and what goats think. After finding out that activity in several parts of his brain distinguish him from a goat, he met with a neuroscientist at University College London to try and hack a system for temporarily shutting those parts off, particularly the Broca's area, which is related to speech. To Thwaites' dismay, the technology to turn off a person's ability to understand language isn't there yet. So, Thwaites decided to focus on the physical aspects of becoming a goat.
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To become a goat, Thwaites didn't just need the mind of one — he also needed a goat body. So he built some prototypes to resemble the four-legged amble of a goat. Movement didn't come easily with big wooden structures like this one:

To become a goat, Thwaites didn't just need the mind of one — he also needed a goat body. So he built some prototypes to resemble the four-legged amble of a goat. Movement didn't come easily with big wooden structures like this one:

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Comment by Big Woman on May 5, 2016 at 7:29pm
Curry he and see how he likes that.
Comment by Summerbreeze1913 on May 4, 2016 at 11:22pm
Next thing you know he's gonna be ...doing the goat
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on May 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

SMH

Comment by Layla on May 4, 2016 at 4:25pm
This man is insane, next he's going to think he's a lion/tiger or vampire and starts to crave human flesh and blood. He needs to locked away in an institution.
Comment by HandsomeMan on May 4, 2016 at 4:10pm
Beastiality
Comment by Dave on May 4, 2016 at 1:16pm
Goat's are like, "that's appropriation maaaan"
Comment by GospelPan on May 3, 2016 at 9:06pm
Hahaha....the goats were probably thinking, this dude is nuts !

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