Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

The dream poll

The dream poll seems to be cooking along, with some terrific comments. Go vote, if you haven't, and read the comments even if you have voted.

I have this half-baked theory about dreaming. I've noticed that I can doze off at 5:07, wake up at 5:11, and have experienced a long, complex dream. I think that dreaming is perhaps heavily encoded while it's going on, and only in remembering or reviewing the dream experience after the fact do we unpack it to symbols our conscious mind interprets, themselves drawn from memory and imagination. Sort of like running machine code on a chip, and having to interpret it up to the application layer. In other words, what we see in dreams is a second order filtering of a much deeper process in the subconscious.
Tags: dreams, lj, personal, poll

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