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Empirical Analysis of Dreams

11.11.09

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The NY Times has an interesting piece regarding an empirical take on dream analysis. As opposed to the classic Freudian and Jungian stance that imbues dreams with unconscious meaning and symbols, a Harvard psychiatrist and sleep researcher “argues that the main function of rapid-eye-movement sleep, or REM, when most dreaming occurs, is physiological. The brain is warming its circuits, anticipating the sights and sounds and emotions of waking.” The piece goes on to state that dreaming is a parallel state of consciousness that is continually running but normally suppressed during waking hours. The battle between Logical Positivism and Metaphysics always leads to beautiful results.

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