Well the more I research about the concept of consciousness and how our brains subconscious and conscious interact with each other, the more questions I have to ask. It also makes me think of more theories of why we dream and really what is going on. If you read my last post about the consciousness and some of the evidence we have for the DS, you will understand a bit of how the subconscious plays a role while we are sleep or in a hypnosis state of mind. I tend to believe that dreaming is just another one of those hypnosis type states of mind created for the subconscious to get its play time in. Again I think that when we have the DS NT or SP our conscious is aware of our dream state and our subconscious gets caught with its pants down, wants to get our conscious mind back into passive mode so that it can do what it needs to do. Why dream? Still no idea but it does seem to have a reason for our subconscious. Along with that, when we experience large amount of trauma or pain it can also kick in our subconscious so that it takes and deals with what is at hand. The question I ask is if we can enter hypnosis in many different ways that relate to different types of trauma (ie hyperventilating, starvation, foods and drugs) then are they too just like dreaming, a situation for our subconscious to take charge. If this is so than all those experiences people have during these events could be as closely related to dreaming as we can get. It tosses a big question out there about religion of all cultures. I however tend to believe that dreams are a form of self induced hypnosis.
What do you think R?
Here is some intresting additonal information:
Before surgery patients reported dreaming at night. After surgery, most reported that they stopped dreaming. It has been difficult to verify their assertions without rigorous scientific observation and this project has never been undertaken. At the same time, there have never been reports by family members that patients wake up tired or that they have spent sleepless nights. It is uncertain whether or not dreaming did not take place at all, or that dream content was inaccessible to verbal communication or that whatever was dreamed was forgotten. In the past, in some scientific circles, there was a controversy regarding the lateralization of dreaming in the brain. That is, does dreaming take place in the right hemisphere alone. The fact that split-brain patients were unable to report their dreams was taken as support for this hypothesis. Otherwise, given that speech is lateralized to their left hemisphere they should have been able to report their dreams. The bottom line is that there is no conclusive evidence as of now on what role hemispheric specialization plays in dreaming.
**need to look more into this to understand where dreaming comes from.