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What happened when I walked into the world’s quietest place

With more than half the world’s population now living in towns and cities, more and more people are searching for silence. Noise pollution is continually in the headlines, and an industry has sprung up for those seeking peace and quiet, selling everything from noise-cancelling headphones to silent retreats. Writers too have jumped on the bandwagon. Recent bestsellers have included the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2016 Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, and the Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge’s 2017 In Se

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