QuestionYou usually invest more time corroborating facts than making statements
      – BorgClown, 2008-12-15 at 03:08:20   (8 comments)

On 2008-12-15 at 03:10:27, BorgClown wrote...
Albeit boring, that's a good thing IMO.
On 2008-12-15 at 09:29:03, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I spend some time each day keeping up with the latest science, mostly thanks to my subscription to New Scientist. It takes knowledge to be able to filter science from pseudo-science. More generally, a quick Google search is often sufficient to see what has been said on a topic - even if you're just checking grammar.
On 2008-12-15 at 18:00:10, BorgClown wrote...
Speaking of bad science, did you read about the Japanese lab that claims to be able to project what you are seeing by monitoring the blood flow on the visual cortex? Recently there was a claim that a dream was recorded. It might be one of those "why didn't I think of it" eurekas, but sounds too good to be true.
On 2008-12-15 at 19:29:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
That one struck me as odd because they already did the same thing in cats, but there I think they had to place implants in the exposed brain. It would be far, far more difficult to read the state of neurons from outside but not entirely impossible. Being able to scan dreams isn't something we can rule out entirely, but my dreams are concerned with relationships and objects, not the perception of vision. Finding new connections between existing memories, in other words. It's not clear to me that there's any 'image' to be seen, but I know that other people perceive dreams in entirely different ways so it may be possible in some cases.
On 2008-12-15 at 19:45:29, BorgClown wrote...
I suppose most people dream like me, like a motion picture. I've even dreamed in B&W, most likely because I've seen my share of B&W TV and movies. But as you say, dreams don't have to be visual, blind-born people dream just fine.
On 2008-12-15 at 19:51:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
My mother claims to dream in colour, and I've read that bizarre notion that television has an effect... yet none of that has any relevance to me because I don't 'see' anything in my dreams - I'm simply aware of the locations of objects and people relative to me, or not even that - just what their part is in the story that's playing.
On 2008-12-15 at 19:55:00, BorgClown wrote...
Why is so odd to dream in color? I thought the odd thing was dreaming in B&W. Even more, the oddest thing is dreaming of things without seeing them. You weirdo.
On 2008-12-15 at 19:55:26, BorgClown wrote...
That gave me an idea for another topic...