I just uploaded a new essay titled the Trouble with Dream Studies, which is meant to contextualize my perspective about dream research and its place – or misplace – within Western science. The essay also introduces a series of further thoughts about the mysteries of dreaming which explore how our beliefs can construct – and sometimes constrict – what we believe is possible in dreams and waking life.
As always, discussion is welcome.
Off to a great start with this set of essays. I wonder, di you think Evo Psychology will ‘catch up’ and put out a plausible theory of ‘why’ we might dream at all? Is it up to the task?
Its hard for me to talk meaningfully about dreams because I rarely dream (or at least never remember them). I’m not happy about about this, let me tell you, cause I fancy myself as a very creative & imaginative guy – so why don’t I dream?
Anyway, I really like your approach, and I think dream studies are still in their infancy – but people like you are give me hope that someday we can participate deeper in our dreaming-life, and thus benefit more from an intimacy with our subconscious…
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I have questions. Many of them. I dream a lot when i was young. Sometimes, same repeating dreams. My parents said it is because i watched to many horror movies about vampire.
However, some dreams occur (which i forgot once i awake) turn real and then i came to realise and remember about it.
One thing i realised is that sometime if we focus, dreams are actually the work of unconcious of our brain.
An urge of finding an answer to solve my math. I remember the whole question and think about it till i sleep. The whole math came alive and i solved it that night in my dream. Another example is i was told that if focus hard, one can create your fantasy in dream. I did it- dreaming of flying.
But some dream is like in story book. I dream about things that going to happened and it happened…etc…
But i think dream is the unconcious part of our brain function. Sometime it is used to arrange the information in our mind. It might also be subjective to mood and emotions.
It is a wonderful thing to dream. I remember them as they are part of my memories of my experience. Just like your body know the reaction to past experiences. But normally I will forget about them once i was awake.