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All life on Earth owes its sustenance to the Sun. At the base of the food chain pyramid lie the plants, autotroph beings capable of converting the photonic energy of our home star into complex organic compounds that are passed on to higher organisms through predation.

But, would it be possible to circumvent the food chain entirely, and get our nourishment directly from solar energy alone?

Such a claim is completely abhorrent to all our current scientific notions, not to mention the numerous risks that could be caused to your eyes by direct exposition to the Sun for prolonged periods of time; and yet that is the theme of the documentary ‘Eat the Sun’, to be released on 9/20/11:

Eat the Sun is a feature length documentary that focuses on a young man’s journey into the little known world of sun gazing–an ancient practice of looking directly into the sun for long periods of time. Today, with the help of the Internet, this revived practice is gathering global momentum. Modern day sun gazers claim a multitude of health benefits including better eyesight, increased vitality, weight loss, and in more profound cases a total loss of the desire and need to eat food.

Eat the Sun is the story of one man’s struggle to uncover the truth and ultimately, reveal the the power of the mind.

Controversial stuff for sure, but a fascinating topic nonetheless.

[Thanks, Dina]