Here’s how I remember it: I dreamed that a rat got under the covers of my bed and I jumped up to get away from it. As I jumped away I heard my wife scream and then the sound of the scream became louder and louder until it shattered time and space. My … [Read more...] about Night Terrors: Sometimes They Come Back
Sleep Paralysis and Spirits
Are spirits real, or are they just irrational stories meant to explain things that science now explains better? This is the way the question of spirits is framed by many. According to many recent polls, belief in ghosts in the West hovers around … [Read more...] about Sleep Paralysis and Spirits
Can Science Learn from Religion about Dreams?
Dream scholar Kelly Bulkeley was recently interviewed by the Boston Globe on the subject of dream studies and its implications for science and religion studies. Bulkeley is an unique scholar who is trained in religion studies but often integrates … [Read more...] about Can Science Learn from Religion about Dreams?
Nightmares and Sleep Paralysis
Gyrus from Dreamflesh made this connection between false awakenings and sleep paralysis: in both of these altered states, we feel like we are "awake" and aware of our surroundings. In a false awakening, this certainty of "awakeness" turns out to be a … [Read more...] about Nightmares and Sleep Paralysis