Love the show.
I was wondering if you can tell me what's going on in the brain when we dream? What makes us have bad dreams? What causes nightmares? Is there a difference between them? Do dreams really have any meaning?
Hannah - Thanks, Elisa. So, is there a biological reason for dreaming? We turn to the sleep and dream expert, Dr. Valdas Noreika based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He starts by debunking some sleeping myths.
Valdas - You may think that your brain switches off when you sleep, but no. In fact, the regions of your brain that process what we see and feel are just as active when we dream as when we are awake. But instead of using external stimuli such as what we see or hear is brain regions process with things we’ve learned and remember during the previous days. This means that we dream. But because when we dream we don’t consciously choose a single memory to process, different memories can merge together in a spontaneous and rather unsystematic way. This means, we can create whole new worlds and people in our dreams.
Hannah - Thanks, Valdas. So, our dreams are the result of processing memories which can happen chaotically to integrate people, places, and times to create an incoherent dream world. Do we know why these dreams sometimes turn into nightmares though?
Valdas - As well as the memory part of your brain being active during dreaming, the motion processing part is also active including the fear processing limbic system. This might partially explain why negative emotions and feelings are much more common in dreams than in waking life and result in nightmares because what's in our dreams depends on memories of what we experience when we are awake. It’s perhaps unsurprising that you've be experiencing high levels of stress in your day to day life, you're more likely to have nightmares. While there is no evidence of universal meaning of different contents of dreams, we certainly have a personal psychological meaning by bringing up traumatic experiences or perhaps by simply reminding us of old friends.
According to me I believe that we dream so as to express who we are and who we want to be .Our brains inspire to achieve more every day that's why it gets tired and commands us to sleep then one enjoys through dreaming of what he/she is capable of.
I suspect it's mostly because different parts of the brain are asleep at different times, so some are actively working away while other's aren't - the result of this is, if I'm right, that you can have dreams which are completely bonkers and yet which seem fine at the time because the machinery that would show them up as nonsense is inactive, but as soon as you wake up and the whole brain is active, the faults with the dream are all suddenly fully clear.
I generally only have nightmares if I get too hot. Putting my feet or an arm outside the covers will stop it. In recent years, I'm so familiar with this that I don't really get them any more - as soon as a dream begins to get disturbing, I move to cool down and it goes away.
I rarely have nightmares but several years ago, I had what some might say was a premonition during a dream.
I have that same dream too, and sometimes there are words or entire phrases that are part of some horribly complex logical problem that is terribly important, and I seem to know what they refer to in the dream but when I wake up, I realize the phrases are nonsense.
sometimes there is a connection between what we visualize and in our dreams because there is a part of our brain which acts as RAM of computer it stores temporarily the things what we see in our daily life but sometimes the neurons creates the environment what we want to be in our daily life. it is quite complicated to tell the truth but ya there is a connection O8) alexalok, Tue, 7th Jan 2014
I can not tell if I was what my dreams as a result of my thoughts or my thoughts the result of my dreams . " Dr. Lawrence .
I find that my dreams help me prepare for the following day. Without knowing exactly why, many times my dreams seem to support those coming events. Oddly enough, when I dream about some difficulty, invariably difficulties seem to arise the next morning. Maybe it's only the predisposition or influence that the dream imposes upon my expectations? It is however remarkable that when I dream about flying, which I do rather often, the following day seems to always be filled with successes of one kind or another. Whether a distressful dream or an invigorating one, I always enjoy the adventure they offer me and always look forward to these nightly experiences. Ethos_, Tue, 4th Feb 2014
Dreams are not creations of thought, and they cannot be held to be hallucinations either. Dreams are separate from, and yet they are undeniably and fundamentally linked with, our being and our experience. The mistake among the dream theorists is to hold that dreams are entirely/only separate experiences. Dreams balance being and experience. Dreams make thought more like sensory experience in general, thereby improving upon memory and understanding. Television is a creation of thought, as it is fully like thought. Dream experience is semi-detached in relation to touch. Television is fully detached in relation to touch. Dream experience is possible/potential and actual.
Dreams are certainly beautiful, yet sometimes terrifying phenomenons.
Dream experience is that of the middle distance in/of space in conjunction with fundamentally balanced and equivalent electromagnetic/inertial/gravitational energy/force/feeling/touch. This necessarily involves half inertia and half gravity. I am positive of this.
If you follow the logic of some great minds in the minimalist, idealist movement. Then our personal identity – who we are, is not our body or brain. But, rather the function of our brain. This is proven by the fetus brain developing before cognition is present, thus, before self. Plus, a brain for a person who dies ceases to function, so the self is diseased, yet the material brain still exists in reality. This makes us a temporal 'transcendental function' of the human body. The body, in Lockean thought is not a constituent part of our 'self'. As Locke defines personal identity to be a psychological continuity. -This is because of 'disembodied' thought experiments can place 'minds' in new bodies, whilst still retaining the 'self'. So, as we are, or the self is, a function of the brain, in essence we are 'thought'. And for us to exist through time it is vital there is continuity of that 'thought'. Therefore, even while we sleep this transcendental function, 'thought' must continue. I believe this to be dreaming. For if this 'thought' were to stop, the self would cease to exist in time or space.
Thank you for your reply, they are some interesting reads and objections.
Go scientific American mag July 2014 page 50 you will see where nightmares are created and where post traumatic stress has its source. Read and learn
the study of anthropology has shown that many cultures have different beliefs and awareness as to what dreaming really is. For example the awareness of shamans, and the ancient seers of mexico, practiced a form of awareness that beleived they could see and study energy directly and thus formed their senses to perceive the energies of the universe directly. They honed these abilities for many many years, thousands of years, teaching their apprentices how to cultivate and control their awareness to form theor perception of reality. They discovered that awareness gets fixated into the habitual position that perceives reality to be the way it is. This their awareness formed their perceptions. Upon seeing what happens in dreaming they discovered that the position of awareness moved from it;s habitual fixated position, and began a movement into what they called the 'left-side' of awareness, commonly referred to as the unknown field of awareness. Here they discovered that many different things happened when they dreamed because their awareness was no longer in their customary position, allowing new awareness and perception to form. Forming from the potential of energy, incredible dreaming positions. Upon advancing with this discovery they began to see that they could intend the positions of their dreamings by forming true awareness of what dreaming really is, thus controlling their awareness of dreaming itself, and expanding their awareness and knowledge, thus aligning and controlling the forms and positions of their dreaming. For example western society, that is not very enlightened when it comes to awareness of dreaming and what they think it is, can easily believe and become awareness that dreams are merely the collection of the data they attained from their day, thus intending with their awareness this result in dreaming. There intent and will, which is energy they train to perceive directly, then controls the dream to form to this awareness and knowledge, willing the position of their dreams. However seers see that since the awareness position can be made to move into the unknown, beyond the habitual awareness and knowledge they have come to accept that they could use both known awareness, and unknown awareness together. With this discovery they learned to enter into the unknown, and free their conscious awareness into new dreaming positions and expiences, while also keeping the known awareness of the dreaming positions they have already discovered. Through the process of dreaming they learned to uncover different forms of reality and awareness by entering into the unknown positions creating newly discovered awareness, while at the same time mapping the unknown and charting it into known awareness. Alwaya expanding themselves in the process. serloco, Tue, 24th Jun 2014
The problem that exists in western sciences can be easily seen in my previous post as well as in the 1st response given as an absolute fact as to what dreams 'really are'. This is the conditioning that most of western society under-goes through-out their lives. The sciences discover one truth and brand it evidence that proclaims it absolutely knows the truth and then leaves the area in question thinking that they have found the truth. This has merely fixated their awareness and thus their perception into one position of reality, whereby failing to discover that they have merely found only one way to be true out of the unformed potential of many possibilities. The failure of science to carefully study the nature of intent and will has left them in the dark to what is occurring as their state of intent and will naturally begins to support and form the knowledge they have discovered, thus forming their awareness and perception into this mold. Thus their intent and will has been set to align their awareness and knowledge into the form of intended perception. They then, thinking it is the absolute truth, proceed unknowingly to force the rest of their world into the same mold, in the process controlling the position of dreaming that many people then begin to enter into. However if you take a moment to study dreams for yourself and find your own answers you will easily discover that many people and including yourself has many dreams that are beyond what science states dreaming is. For example I do not fly into other alien worlds and perform the same splendid miracles that happen during my dreaming in the waking world. I do not travel through time, I do many things well beyond my average world capabilities, and so how can it be true that my dreams are a memory process of my daily events? Thus the truth of science does not hold up the tiniest bit of scrutiny and thus can not be considered as absolute truth. serloco, Tue, 24th Jun 2014
Although I have not read all of the 'show', nor seen it I have to point out that science often claims that it 'debunks' things, like the myths of dreams, and other potential possibilities. And the puruit of the truth is a great cause. However often times you have not successfully debunked anything despite your actual proof that you present that looks shiny and truthful to you in YOUR awareness and perception. One truth does not have to omit another to make it true. The failure to recognize that multiple possibilities can exist, and both be true despite contradictory evidence, leaves happenings like religious wars, dogmatic religions that deny other faiths, and science that herds everyone into the same boat. A finite logic can only see within its finite boundaries, while an infinite perspective can see the existence of all things. Just because science can not prove that people use the spirits of plants and forms relationships with the plants, talk with them in their formed attentions, does not erase the thousands of years of this developed path for example. it is a gross injustice to deny a way in favor of another just because it is true for you. The finite reasoning system concludes that since it knows with absolute certainty that their way is in fact true and therefor the contradictory way can not be, is merely a limited finite reasoning that has not yet learned that awareness and perception together create the experience of reality through our intent and will as living beings. For example the awareness of biology states that we are physical beings and thus carries within the intent and will of that form that you actively apply to yourself in this moment. Your intent and will are locked into this form of awareness and knowledge as a result. It is easy to prove this and so it must be true. However the ancient culture of the mayans, aztecs, oaxacan mexicans, shamanism and more have discovered that the position of awareness of your body creates the form of your perception through your intent and will, and thus have learned to convert their bodies into pure awareness of their bodies, and thorough the guidance and control of this awareness are able to alter their forms in many ways. because their awareness of the phsyical body is not that it is physical but energetic potential that is formed as awareness and knowledge. They can reach many different positions of their body as a result because their intent and will supports this active perception. And awareness generates perception. This when they are aware that their conscious awareness projects their body they have converted the essence of energy into this form. Science however has merely proved that they are physical beings, and thus that is where they left it. The expanded path of possibilities that stem from these teaching lead to unfathomable positions of both the body and the reality we are existing within, and I couldn;t even begin to explain all the positions I have discovered let alone what these various others cultures have found during their thousands of years of explorations. serloco, Tue, 24th Jun 2014
I just made this post and yet it did not post. So I will take my time to make it again, and this time save it before i post.
Now i study the sciences and many fields within the great mystery of life, but I can't fathom how science could come to a conclusion that states dreams are merely the memory process of the waking day that they have lived. When I did my research I found countless informational sources and reports from countless people and cultures that all clearly state much more then that. When scientists do research do they ignore everything in the world?? How did they come this conclusion? I can't believe they didn't discover all the same information I have and so I question the why...
I just remember two other dreams I have had that can not be defined by science's defintion of dreaming.
Yers... I read Castaneda as a student, and Capra's 'Tao of Physics', etc. - entertaining stuff; and yes, it is possible to train yourself to have more control of your dreams, and to view the world differently. But what goes on in dreams, and the way you view the world, is all brain activity; whatever you imagine involves only information already stored there (although it may be information you're not consciously aware of). And there is no special energy involved in dreaming beyond the usual metabolism of neurons to repolarise their membranes.
serloco, you seem to be claiming some abilities to obtain knowledge through other than 'normal' channels; if you can tell me anything specific about me or my family that is not publicly available knowledge, I'd be impressed to hear it.
Here is a fundamental, fascinating, very important, original, and truthful/accurate understanding of dreams. THIS POST IS MOST IMPORTANT. The self represents, forms, and experiences a comprehensive approximation of experience in general by combining conscious and unconscious experience. Dream experience is FUNDAMENTALLY consistent with this fact/GREAT TRUTH. VERY IMPORTANTLY, if the self did not represent, form, and experience a comprehensive approximation of experience in general by combining conscious and unconscious experience, we would then be incapable of GROWTH AND BECOMING OTHER THAN WE ARE. Now, dream experience grows/increases. Accordingly, in dreams, we are CONSCIOUS AND ALIVE in conjunction with the FUNDAMENTAL EXPERIENCE of our GROWTH AND BECOMING OTHER THAN WE ARE. Indeed, dreams balance being AND experience; and there is no outsmarting the genius of dreams. Dreams balance conscious AND unconscious experience, as dream experience is possible/potential AND actual in BALANCE. It all makes sense. Dream experience is that of the middle distance in/of space, consistent with instantaneity and balanced (including maximum) middle strength force/energy feeling/touch. The ultimate unification of physics combines, balances, and includes opposites, and such a unification would necessarily and ultimately balance being AND experience. Dreams combine, balance, and include opposites. As I have clearly proven, dreams would (and do) involve the ultimate, natural, fundamental, theoretical, AND actual equivalency and balancing of gravity, inertia, and electromagnetism. This proven unification of physics/physical experience, along with all of the other overwhelming, consistent, and various truths/facts that I have identified, establish beyond any reasonable doubt that in dreams we are (and must be) CONSCIOUS AND ALIVE in conjunction with the FUNDAMENTAL EXPERIENCE of our GROWTH AND BECOMING OTHER THAN WE ARE. Again, it all makes sense. Frank DiMeglio Frank DiMeglio, Wed, 18th Mar 2015