Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Database of Dreams

Everyone, at one time or another, has wondered where dreams come from. What do they mean? Why do we have them? Recent studies suggest that our brains use the time during sleep to hardwire memories and learn. But sometimes dreams have emotional components that leave the dreamer feeling as if something truly significant has taken place. Nightmares may come to mind, but there are also powerfully positive dreams.

I remember the old science fiction movie, Dreamscape. As a child, the movie fascinated me. The concept that there is a separate dream reality where other humans can interact with one another was powerful. In the scene below, two individuals interact in a shared dream reality.

Interacting in Dreams

Interacting in Dreams

Having a shared dream reality may seem a little far fetched. But remember, dreams, brain waves and thoughts are comprised of or caused by electrical signals passing between neurons in the brain. Out entire planet is bathed in a magnetic field. Could information be transmitted through this medium by our brains?

A database of dreams could help us answer that question. We might be able to find correlations between the dreams of billions of people on any given night. With the help of search engines like Google and Baidu, this could be possible. These entities have the reach and ability to collect this data with a few key strokes. Imagine if a billion people were asked a single, daily question about their dream the past night. A question like, “Was the dream a good one or a bad one?” Over time, what kinds of trends and correlations could we find?

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