• Are people who you see in dreams real people or figments of our imagination?
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Just a curious question that rolled out of my mind when I had a dream of someone who I [to my knowledge/remembrance] never seen before. When we see people in our dreams that we haven't seen, are they actual peoples faces from individuals that we've quickly seen from the past, or are they just faces constructed from our own brains? Pardon for the lack of content, It's just something that's always interested me every time I'd have a dream with someone.
People I usually see are people I know but they don't resemble the people they are supposed to represent.
Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS
Your brain makes up faces for random people in dreams based on archived information from real people. Most faces in your dreams are mashups of people you know and/or people who stand out from others.
If you have good dream recall or dream lucidly, you will notice that some people's faces are actually distorted and unrecognizable, as if a veil were over their heads, while other faces you can clearly see and identify. I believe the distorted ones are figments of our imagination, but the ones we see clearly are people we've seen in the past, even for a a second.
I just had this dream recently that it was so vivid and real that I cried when I woke up. The people in that dream I didn't know but we grew to liked each other a lot.
Also yeah, your brain can make you recognize anything as anything else, but I don't know exactly how or why it needs to be done. Once I had a dream in which everyone including myself referred to cars as boats and it made perfect sense in my dream, then when I woke up and thought about it I ended up very confused. (In response to Saukkoman, I meant to double post but was ninja'd)
Your Brain Procedurally generates your dreams.
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE] it's kinda easy to tell. in a dream it seems like you are doing things but you are watching yourself do them. well for me anyways
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE] That's [U]exactly[/U] what i was thinking when i was high yesterday, that the whole thing didn't happen and i was just dreaming.
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE]Check a digital clock. Remember the time it displays. Look away, and check it again. If it hasn't changed, your awake.
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE] If this was the case then real life would have little to no continuation day to day and would probably mean I'm incredibly boring if my dreams include playing videogames and browsing the internet.
I know, but if you REALLY think deep than you could think that that COULD be the way it works although it's VERY VERY unlikely. It would be cool though; no pain, whatever you want happens (most of the time) and best of all, no worries. well, kid? [img]http://images.easyart.com/i/prints/rw/lg/1/3/Disney-Hakuna-Matata-135875.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE] Often I think that I am seeing through myself in another reality.
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624525]Even deeper question. Are we in a dream right now or when we dream is that real life? ARGH MY BRAIN HURTS[/QUOTE] Was the creator like "Yo Humans, I heard you like dreams, so I put dreams in your dreams to make you dream."
[QUOTE=Doug52392;18624623]Check a digital clock. Remember the time it displays. Look away, and check it again. If it hasn't changed, your awake.[/QUOTE] If it's a dream, the time difference will find a way to make sense no matter how well you remember it. The human brain is powerful.
Someone needs to invent something to record what you're dreaming in some way.
[QUOTE=Rammaster;18624674]Someone needs to invent something to record what you're dreaming in some way.[/QUOTE] That's not really possible unless we can decode brain wave activity accurately. It'd take a shitload of trial and error. And even then each record would have to be reconfigured for each person who uses it because no brain works the same way.
[QUOTE=Rammaster;18624674]Someone needs to invent something to record what you're dreaming in some way.[/QUOTE] If you put someone in a big magnet machine thing that I cannot remember the name of, then you can translate brain activity somehow. Japan did it, ask them.
[QUOTE=Rammaster;18624674]Someone needs to invent something to record what you're dreaming in some way.[/QUOTE] I've thought about that a couple of times and I couldn't agree more. It'd be pretty useful in a way too.
[QUOTE=radioactive;18624696]If you put someone in a big magnet machine thing that I cannot remember the name of, then you can translate brain activity somehow. Japan did it, ask them.[/QUOTE] Brainwave scanners aren't accurate enough to actually interpret anything beyond spikes in activity
I think he meant something to VIEW your dreams.
A while ago I used to have dreams where my mind was connected to a similar infrastructure known as the 'Internet' which had the exact same purpose and use as the 'Internet'. It felt weird since the people I talked to felt like they were real people somewhere in real life even after I was fully awake. [editline]20:59[/editline] Also similar to Master117's post below mine.
What gets me is that the people in my dream all seem to have a mind of their own. Everyone responds differently, and some people in my dreams like things that I dislike, or even hate with a passion. It's very strange that the brain is able to procedurally generate different personalities and apply them to certain situations and know how they would react.
[QUOTE=OzzyOsbourne;18624737]I think he meant something to VIEW your dreams.[/QUOTE] Yes, it would have to record and decode brain wave activity before you could view your dream. It's like a 3D model. The files are all a bunch of code, gibberish that makes no sense unless you have a program to interpret and display it. Here, the brainwaves are the gibberish. You'd need a device that can interpret them and compile them into something that can be displayed.
Some scientists made this cool device that you wear when you sleep that shines a light in your eyes when you go into REM sleep, just bright enough to realize you are in a dream, but not wake you up. So when you dream you always control what happens anyways, now that you know you are in one you could pretty much do anything you want. Anything.....
[QUOTE=iownuall;18624803]Some scientists made this cool device that you wear when you sleep that shines a light in your eyes when you go into REM sleep, just bright enough to realize you are in a dream, but not wake you up. So when you dream you always control what happens anyways, now that you know you are in one you could pretty much do anything you want. Anything.....[/QUOTE] You can already do that, with enough practise...
Especially for those dreams that you are like: "I just had the best dream EVER!" "What was it about?" "... FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU--"
[QUOTE=teh pirate;18624653]If it's a dream, the time difference will find a way to make sense no matter how well you remember it. The human brain is powerful.[/QUOTE] Not really. I've had several dreams where I start going 'This doesn't make any sense'. I tend to wake up fairly quickly after that point though. Apparently being able to realise you're dreaming is the first step to having a lucid dream.
found it [url]http://www.lifetools.com/novadreamer/novadreamerinfo.html[/url] but for £449 it's not worth it lol
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