Can we gain insight into the workings of our brain, our mind, by understanding our dreams? What new knowledge would we gain if we, as a whole, understood the dreaming process. I am not interested in the mystic interpretation of the subject matter of our dreams, but, by, how we dream. The biological process by which the brain constructs a virtual reality in our heads is far more interesting and intriguing the the stuff we dream.
If you have on explanation of how we dream, I would like to hear it, er...read it, so go head and post it. However lets refrain from posting our dreams and their interpretations, unless, and that is a big unless, the dreams serve to illustrate a certain aspect of the dreaming process.
Disclaimer, I am not an expert in this field, and have not read much on the subject. Most of the books that I have seen at the local bookstore deal with the interpretation of dreams and not the explanation of the dreaming process, which I am interested in.
Since I have no education in neurobiology, psychological science, or whatever the appropriate field may be applicable to the understanding of the neurological process of dreams, I have simple studied my own dreams in hopes of glimpsing some knowledge of how the dreams are created and function.
What follows might be complete junk, but I think these are unique discoveries that I have made. I have not yet researched the subject matter in any detail, especially of how it might pertain to my ideas if at all.
I call the way we dream, modes, I have identified several modes, now bear with me, this all might be common knowledge, but to me, it took a great deal of time to understand these “modes” of dreaming.
These dreaming modes deal with the dreamers vantage point within the virtual reality.
So here are the modes.
GODS VISION. MODE #1
This mode of dreaming is the most confusing of all the modes, and dreams dreamt this way are difficult to remember, if at all. The dreamer experiences the virtual reality from all the perspectives including the all powerful god vision. In actuality the dreamer is omnipresent in the virtual reality construct of his/her dream world.
The dreamer is not only omnipresent, but experiences the dream from the point of view of all characters present, at the same time. You are then, in essence, are split into a number of characters in your dream, and experience that dream from these characters viewpoint. All these viewpoints cross and scramble within our dream mind, resulting in a massive mess that is impossible to understand and remember in a waking state.
It is important to note the amount of independent autonomous characters that are present in your dreams.
That is, how many people are there in your dream, dogs, cats and so on. Also note the characters attributes, their color, the level of their resolution, do they actually speak, how faithfully are these characters reproduced in your virtual reality. Is your virtual reality vague or high definition, even if the actual virtual reality construct itself is high resolution, the resolution of the characters that populate the construct may vary widely, and randomly.
BIRDS EYE VIEW. MODE #2
This dreaming mode is similar to mode one, except the dreamer is not omnipresent, but is rather a disembodied spirit floating over the virtual reality dream construct. The dreamer may or may not see and observe the characters from different angles and times, the dreamer may be, at times, able to telepathically hear the characters speak. The dreamer may, for a brief time, possess, that is become one of the characters, then move on.
Upon awaking, the difficulty of understanding the dream arise out of the problem of assumption, the dreamer assumes that the characters experienced in the dream where all him/her.
Once you learn to identify which mode the dream was, you should learn to see these character “transfers” in your dream.
SINGLE VIEW. MODE #3
This is a dreaming mode where everything the dreamer experiences is from a single characters viewpoint. This may or may not be the dreamer. Hence the mode#4.
NOT YOURSELF. MODE#4
This is a dream that has nothing to do with you. You are simple along for a ride in someone body, in a strange city doing strange things. You may even be of the opposite sex and not even know it, different levels of lucidity may be present. The dreamer may have a limited amount of control, if so, try to look in a mirror!
In trying to understand these dreams, the problem arises, again, out of the dreamer assuming the dream is about the dreamer. These types of dreams are usually, in color, with full blown physics in effect, that is, as real as the dreams get. If you find yourself in such a vivid dream, where, for example, you are a robber in New York City, but you live in Australia and have never been to NYC, try to look in a mirror. Or look for any clues as to who you are.
PROPHETS VIEW. MODE#5
This dream mode is just like mode#2, except the dreamer remains a disembodied spirit throughout the dream and observes events, a story, or stories. Some people believe these types of dreams are prophesies, I do not. These types of dreams account for all the out of body experiences, when self-induced, or occur under altered states of mind.
MULTI MODE. MODE#6.
This mode is as the name suggests, a combination of all the modes that I have so far identified. Frequently the dreams take the form of single view mode with a character or several characters. Or sometimes the dream is single mode mixed in with mode#5, or prophets view. In this case, the single mode character may know the future, or what is coming, within the dream of course.
In this case, it seems like the virtual reality program “leaks” into the dreamers mind enabling the dreamer to see the simulation ahead of time.
In addition to these modes, the dreams may be mixed thoroughly and completely making no sense what so ever. Or dreams may switch randomly from one mode/s to other mode/s.
Other dream phenomena, that goes mostly unnoticed is telepathic communication within the dream. It has been my experience that most communication within the dream is telepathic, but is written of as speech by most dreamers. Indeed, in most cases of dream telepathy, telepathy replaces or augments speech, but most of the time telepathy replaces speech, completely. This is a very important clue to the functions of the human brain.
We, the dreamers, communicate telepathically with the characters in our dreams, because the characters simulated thought process “leaks” into our consciousness. The reason the simulated characters thought process “leaks” into our consciousness is because, both, your consciousness and the simulations consciousness use the same wetware, your brain!
So what have I personally learned from dreams?
It would appear that our brains can generate artificial consciousnesses on demand and at whim of whatever dream reality is running at the moment. These “artificial consciousnesses” inside the “dream-verse”, can live, love, hate, feel pain, be shot, be born, have sex, all without the approval and permission of the dreamer.
What is more interesting, these created characters can be, smarter, stronger, more beautiful, healthier, sexier than the dreamer. They can be evil or display the best moral behavior the dreamer can image. These artificial consciousnesses can also be nonhuman, and yet display all of the above human attributes.
So what can be learned and understood about our brain, our minds, our consciousnesses, us? From all of the above.
Well this post has turned into a long ramble on my part as it is. But if we were to carefully analyze the computational powers necessary to do all of the above, the implications would be staggering. If current computers run four, eight, or a hundred cores, in their CPUs, our brains, it seems, run millions of cores.
But, I am not qualified to comment on the computational parameters of our brain.
But, what I can say, in conclusion, is that our consciousnesses is no different than the artificial consciousnesses of the characters we find in our dreams.
Our consciousnesses is a program running on the wetware of our brain, and is just as artificial as those of the characters in the dream-verse.
Ours has a more permanent “feel” to it because of the outside stimuli we get from our senses. If our brains can create artificial consciousnesses on demand, delete, modify them and do so instantaneously without regard to the “hardware”, this would imply our consciousnesses is nothing more than a program.
Today is the yesterday of tomorrow.