OpinionWhat an amazing thing is the dreaming mind
      – BorgClown, 2008-09-27 at 16:52:56   (12 comments)

On 2008-09-27 at 16:59:11, BorgClown wrote...
Last night I dreamed that I was taking a class about administration, with a very good professor. We were reading an extensive book by some author named "AndrĂ© EntomonĂ¡", when suddenly I realized that the long and very interesting text was being made on the spot by my dreaming mind. And that woke me up out of sheer amazement. I tried to remember the author's name to Google it later, but I fell asleep almost immediately and dreamed that I was googling, and while I was reading the hits, I realized that I was dreaming again, so I woke up and searched it for real. No hits of course, it was just gibberish. Very fun nevertheless, frequently I dream about reading lengthy texts.
On 2008-09-28 at 12:31:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/dn14773-sweet-smells-lead-to-sweet-dreams.html
On 2008-09-28 at 21:08:30, BorgClown wrote...
Wow, saturating the air with rotten-egg smell gives you bad dreams. Also, besides smell we incorporate sounds into our dreams. News at eleven.
On 2008-09-28 at 22:55:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This one makes less sense - they say they didn't expect a correlation, but then why do the experiment in the first place if that's the case? Perhaps the interpretation of the results was biased... http://www.newscientist.com/channel/being-human/dn14766-an-icy-stare-really-does-make-you-feel-cold.html
On 2008-09-29 at 14:55:49, Baslisks wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I see colors when sounds play, why wouldn't sensory perception of temperature not be affected by another stimulus besides temp?
On 2008-09-29 at 15:13:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
As a scientist you have to think of alternative possibilities - if you're socially included, you may simply be more active than when excluded. Even if you're only thinking about social inclusion, you may be affecting your physiology by imagining being physically active - in the same way that thinking about exercise alone has been shown to give real physical benefits. Without an extended study to eliminate other reasons for the change in perception, it's not as simple as just saying that there's a definite correlation when it's only implied.
On 2008-10-04 at 03:42:17, Beeba wrote...
i too often dream of reading lengthy texts, watching interesting films, listening to incredible music or traveling to beautiful locations. it's absurd, how powerful the mind is.
On 2008-10-04 at 04:11:27, BorgClown wrote...
@Beeba: It's surprising how out subconscious mind can create so much wonderful gibberish to entertain us while dreaming. OTOH, I've woken up remembering an awesome mathematical equation, which turned out to be crap when fully woken up. I suppose this stuff it appears wonderful while we are sleeping because our analytical self is not working fully. It makes me wonder if that's how retarded people see the world. That could explain why retarded people appear to be much more happy than us normal ones.
On 2008-10-04 at 04:11:52, BorgClown wrote...
*how our subconscious
On 2008-10-06 at 07:33:42, Beeba wrote...
@BorgClown: yes, it usually turns out to be gibberish. but the scenery and music really is beautiful and the texts are often complex. my mind can weave together an intricate storyline over the course of hours of dreaming. people have definitely had brilliant ideas that were not gibberish appear to them in dreams.
On 2008-10-06 at 08:19:06, BorgClown wrote...
Aye, the text is intricate and interesting enough to fool me into thinking I'm reading a real text, but I always end up realizing it's a dream. Maybe my subconscious runs out of gibberish? I wonder if REM makes us lose track of time, a bunch of minutes really feels like hours.
On 2008-10-06 at 17:36:07, Baslisks wrote...
@BorgClown: your brain sees things from it's own viewpoint. It can make your body feel as if it is aflame. REM doesn't really matter, just happens.