I was rummaging around in the Serendip page for entertainment this lunchtime, and I found this:

  • within each of us is a limitless, internal, personal, tacit, unconscious source of knowledge;
  • the task before us is to become conscious of that resource, as the implicit framework we use for making sense;
  • we could learn to work with-eventually even to alter-these deep structures we use to think, to interrogate the explanatory frameworks we usually rely on without an awareness that we are doing so.

Which I think is a concrete expression of what I mean when I talk about dreaming as an alternate source of information and how weird a belief that is. I guess. Because I was wondering how that can be so. Is it that our subconscious understands better than our conscious does how the world works, what we're doing? Isn't this akin to a belief in God, or god? I hate to seem skeptical about the intelligence of my own subconscious, however....


Not so strange... I've heard several stories of scientific discoveries that were facilitated through dreams.
  • Friedrich August Kekulé: worked out the structure of benzene after a dream of snakes
  • Otto Loewi dreamed of an experiment to test his hypothesis of chemical transmission



Serendip on Storytelling in Three Dimensions

The Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams publishes scholarly articles related to dreaming from any discipline and viewpoint.

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