Tuesday, 24 April 2018

MIT Researchers Have Developed a ‘System for Dream Control’

quote [ There is a borderland between waking life and the uncharted wilderness of sleep that we all traverse each night, but we rarely stop to marvel at the strangeness of this liminal world. If we do, we find that it is full of hallucinations both wonderful and terrifying, a mental goulash of reality and fantasy.

Usually we pass through this state of half-wakefulness on our way to deep sleep within minutes. We may experience microdreams during the transition, but the content of these microdreams appear to be random and we usually don’t have any memory of them when we wake. A team of researchers led by MIT master's student Adam Horowitz wants to change that. ]

We’re like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream.
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[by HoZay@11:29pmGMT]


robotroadkill said @ 1:28am GMT on 25th Apr [Score:1 Funsightful]
Another similar thing happened to me a couple months ago while putting my 4-year-old daughter to bed. She usually insists on a new, made-up story rather than one I can read to her, or rather than one she already knows like Goldilocks & the 3 bears. Anyway, I was lying on the floor next to her bed, completely exhausted and actually falling asleep mid-sentence. But instead of becoming quiet, I continued the sentence in this bizarre sleeping state of mind, and it quickly became totally absurd. The realization that what I've just said is total nonsense jerked me back to wakefulness. I apologized and couldn't remember what I was going to say, so I started a new sentence, and the same thing happened again. It started out relevant to the story but ended insanely. I think I tried at least one or two more times, before I told her I just had to go to bed because I wasn't making any sense, and she agreed.
steele said @ 11:56pm GMT on 24th Apr
Menchi said @ 6:29am GMT on 25th Apr
If I don't have any music or other white noise going when I'm trying to get to sleep, I'll hear familiar voices -- especially any that I've been exposed to that day -- spouting Markov chain stream-of-consciousness babble. It starts early enough in the process of falling asleep that I'm otherwise completely lucid, though.
midden said @ 10:43am GMT on 25th Apr
It was the same with me. I often had trouble getting to sleep, so when I started hearing people in the room say random phrases, I would think, "Good, I'm finally about to go to sleep. A few more and I'll be out."
captainstubing said @ 11:18am GMT on 25th Apr
Sweet Baby Cheeses - that would wake me the fuck up quick-smart.

No! So no!

midden said @ 3:30pm GMT on 25th Apr
Yeah, it did until I got used to it. It still rouses me if the voice is a contextually plausible one, such as hearing my sister’s voice if she is visiting, but a stranger or a random work colleague just slides by, like a neighbor’s dog barking.
robotroadkill said @ 12:08am GMT on 25th Apr
I get vivid auditory hallucinations, most frequently napping, but sometimes falling asleep at night. It's usually a nasal female voice saying nonsense. My favorite one was just the word "diarrhea"which made me laugh myself awake
midden said @ 12:32am GMT on 25th Apr [Score:1 Interesting]
Yup. I know it well. For years in my late 20 and early 30s, especially when stressed out, as I'd be getting close to sleep I'd hear someone in the room with me say random phrases very clearly, like, "before the ground could return," or, "probably blue, even if I could." Sometimes they would be in the voice of a friend of family member, other times, a stranger. It's rare, now-a-days, though.
steele said[1] @ 1:35am GMT on 25th Apr [Score:1 Interesting]
When I was living in the woods sleeping in my truck I would occasionally be woken up in the middle of the night by a vivid hallucination of the sound of my truck topper's rear window slamming shut. As if someone was looking in at me sleeping. Now that grandma is gone and I'm taking care of my grandfather full time, I'm often awoken by the imagined sound of my grandmother calling my name like the time I had to call 911 for her a couple of years ago. It seems like my brain likes running me through emergency drills from time to time.
robotroadkill said @ 1:55am GMT on 25th Apr
Yikes! I've had the occasional door slam sound.
cb361 said @ 3:56pm GMT on 25th Apr
I have been woken up by people really peering in the car window at me, in the middle of the night. When you're sleeping in a situation like that, you stay very sensitive. They ran away when I looked at them.
5th Earth said @ 1:49am GMT on 25th Apr
Salvador Dali wrote about going to bed while holding a key over a plate on the floor. The moment he feel asleep, he dropped the key, and the noise would wake him up and he would use whatever was in his mind at that moment as inspiration.
cb361 said @ 3:54pm GMT on 25th Apr
I've heard that Thomas Edison used to do something similar, for inspiration.

His paintings were rubbish though.
rylex said @ 1:59am GMT on 25th Apr
Reminds me of a story by robert silverberg titled, "The Desert of Stolen Dreams.
damnit said @ 2:00am GMT on 25th Apr

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