On dreams that should be lucid

Posted on 03/09/11 5 Comments

This is a day for little posts. And here’s my latest. Last night I had a dream in which I was driving with my family on a highway beside a lake. I pulled over so one of our dogs could pee. And the entire road was covered in a rather gaudy berber carpet, the kind that was in your neighbor’s wood-paneled basement in the late 70s. Here’s the really weird thing though. I never paused to ask why the highway was carpeted. I never took this as a clue that I was dreaming. Any moderately reflective individual would have clued in that this was a dream at which point they would have willed that the car they were driving turn into a Porsche Panamera so they could have some fun. But me? I just let the dog pee on the highway carpet, got back in the bland green dream van, and started driving again. I don’t need any psychoanalysis of that weird dream. I just wonder why I don’t clue in more often when my dream scapes are really bizarre.

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  • http://hiddenirony.wordpress.com James Palmer

    That does raise the question, if we are currently in a dream, how would we know? Perhaps this whole life is a dream, and the clues are everywhere but we just don’t notice them. :-)

    • randal

      Maybe that’s why there’s all this strange white stuff still blanketing the landscape outside my window! Oh no wait, that’s because I’m in Edmonton.

      At this point it would be criminal not to commend the film Inception to anybody who hasn’t yet watched it. Was Leonardo sleeping at the end? Who’s to say?

      • http://hiddenirony.wordpress.com James Palmer

        “Oh no wait, that’s because I’m in Edmonton.”

        Sure, you say that now and it seems to make sense in the dream, but when you wake up you’ll realize just what a silly idea that was.

        • randal

          It is at this point that I reread my copy of Descartes’ Meditations to restore equilibrium.

  • http://ingles.homeunix.net/ Ray Ingles

    There’s a pretty compelling set of theories and evidence that dreams happen because (a) our consistency filters are ‘switched off’ (or at least turned down, and (b) our sensory apparatus is isolated and basically processing ‘noise’.

    A party game involves a person being told they are guessing about a dream someone had. They get to ask yes or no questions.

    In reality, there’s no dream. People answer yes if the question asked ends in a consonant, no if a vowel. Sometimes there’s an additional rule, that answers must be consistent with previous answers. But, like in dreams, consistency’s usually irrelevant. A coherent dream emerges anyway.