to sleep perchance to dream.....what are dreams?

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    It’s snowing heavily, and everyone in the backyard is in a swimsuit, at some kind of party: Mom, Dad, the high school principal, there’s even an ex-girlfriend. And is that Elvis, over by the piñata?

    Uh-oh.

    Dreams are so rich and have such an authentic feeling that scientists have long assumed they must have a crucial psychological purpose. To Freud, dreaming provided a playground for the unconscious mind; to Jung, it was a stage where the psyche’s archetypes acted out primal themes. Newer theories hold that dreams help the brain to consolidate emotional memories or to work though current problems, like divorce and work frustrations.

    Yet what if the primary purpose of dreaming isn’t psychological at all?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/health/10mind.html
     
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    Something to do while sleeping.
     
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    When I have lots of friends, I always dream of them being eaten by spiders ... I don't fear spiders, and in the dream they never attack me, but I can't get them to stop eating my friends ...


    ... could be why I don't like having lots of friends ... am I weird ... don't answer that, I already know the answer.
     
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    Its WAY to early in the morning to risk brain injury -- or worse -- death, having such deep complicated thoughts. :D

    I'll back to you when the brain wakes up. :woohoo:
     
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    Yup, I'm just now hooking up to my caffeine IV drip via the infusion pump.
     
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    I can speak for myself, but I was brought up to understand that dreams are just well, dreams. Nothing solid or particularly meaningful to them. This seems to be the standard understanding of dreams from Western culture

    Many other cultures have a different understanding of what dreams really are: easy access to the Spirit World (Westerners laugh at this notion)

    Know how Indian tribes found out different uses for medicinal plants? Hint: is was NOT trial and error. It was by talking to the Spirit of the plant in the Dream World (Westerners get a big kick out of that one too)
     
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    Blastin Evlis impersonator (a very damned good one) singing The Gambler ... woke me up ... I'm hyped now.
     
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    no one read the article...right? the debate...are dreams the hidden meanings that only appear at night...or does a dreamstate exist at all times...just overridden when one is awake?
     
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    :( I gave a serious response ... though I didn't address that particular part of the topic.
     
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    What article?
     

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