The Science Behind Our Strange, Spooky Dreams

  • metta

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    Feb 28, 2015 6:45 AM GMT
    The Science Behind Our Strange, Spooky Dreams


    "What we remember is the result of dreams rather than the other way around,"

    "Vivid dreams often occur during REM sleep, named for the rapid eye movement associated with it, however, non-REM sleep also brings dreams but they are more fragmentary.

    Wamsley's research indicates dreams help people learn."

    http://www.livescience.com/24707-dreams-sleep-science.html
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    Feb 28, 2015 7:08 AM GMT
    Tomorrow I'm gonna strap on a wing suit and go snowboard off a cliff while holding a GoPro selfie stick.

    I dreamed I could do it a few months ago. That means I learned how. Right?
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    Feb 28, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    Those of us involved in lucid dreaming and dream yoga have been long aware of this. In fact, there's even a religion formed on that which is this: http://www.eckankar.org/ where they claim dream classrooms. I've experience with that but I don't buy into pretty much any dogmatic crap. Not real into playing team sports here. I can be a bit of a rebel at times.

    And some lucid dreamers including myself wonder if dreaming lucidly might help us to stave off ravages of Alzheimer's disease, whether by building sufficient neurological structure within our brains or by influencing even the genetic expression of our lives. We've still so much to understand about this.

    Dreaming is so powerful that you don't just learn better what you learned during the day--such as how we now know that it's better to sleep before an exam than to cram for an exam--but, and I know this is going to sound very odd, but tough shit, you can learn new information in your dreaming. You can attend school there. You can very consciously talk things out with dream characters there, interact with them, have a jam session, make some music, all of that. You can derive not just inspiration but information there. It is that powerful. We've been at this for 1000s of years, at least, thus the stories of prophets and sages. The Tibetans have been systematically studying dreaming for about 1000 years. Yet the world, Western science, is only now waking up to dreaming and here's a little something on that...

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    Mar 02, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    theantijock saidThose of us involved in lucid dreaming and dream yoga have been long aware of this. In fact, there's even a religion formed on that...

    I call bullshit on the whole lucid dreaming thing. Now, it's not enough to work all day long, building skills and memories for my autobiography; no, now I have to work even while I'm sleeping? Goddammit, who thought this up, Protestants?
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Mar 03, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    Have had the same recurring dream for at least the last twenty years. I'm at a (usually) indoor Olympic size swimming pool, I look down at the deep end and get very scared, then wake up. The strange thing is I am a very good swimmer and was a lifeguard in my college age days.
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    Mar 03, 2015 6:21 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI call bullshit on the whole lucid dreaming thing. Now, it's not enough to work all day long, building skills and memories for my autobiography; no, now I have to work even while I'm sleeping? Goddammit, who thought this up, Protestants?


    You say that as if doing nothing isn't exhausting.