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Monday, December 7, 2015

Philosophy of Dreams 3/3 (Sec 12) - Megan Cortes

       In my final installment i want to talk about the importance of dreaming. It has been proven that dreaming is physically important to the body, because it reduces stress, anxiety, and revitalizes the body as a whole. Dreaming also has psychological benefits, asked a few close friends the question, why are dreams important to you? and this is what they responded. "I think dreaming is important for a lot of reasons, dreams allow you to feel, or see a reality you maybe wouldn't see in day to day real life. I also believe dreams allow us to connect with loved ones that have passed on." Another friend went on and explained how in a way her dreams have given her insight of the future, for instance before her sister announced her pregnancy, she dreamt about a baby. "For a week I would have dreams of me taking care of a baby boy, I didn’t know whose baby it was, but in the dream I knew it wasn’t mine. I didn’t feel ownership of the babyA week later my sister found out she was pregnant, we later discovered it was a boy." You may be asking yourself, was it pure coincidence? There is an actual name for these types of dreams, they are called precognitive dreams. According to Rebecca Turner in her article, Precognitive Dreams, they are dreams that appear to predict the future through a sixth sense; a way of accessing future information that is unrelated to any existing knowledge acquired through normal means. Many famous people have had these dreams about the passing of someone, Abraham Lincoln was one of them. He dreamt about a funeral for the president, him being the president at this time. Research shows that we have these type of dreams, because our dreams are partially acted out based on our intuition. Dreams are important to many people in different ways, its up to you to find the importance in your own dreams.

1st & 2nd Installment here
Rebecca Turner Article on Precognitive Dreams here

1 comment:

  1. It's irresistible, to speculate about the prophetic or precognitive power of dreams; but I have to wonder if we aren't guilty of selective attention, in noticing the ones that hit a target while entirely dismissing or forgetting all the others that don't, and that surely comprise the vast majority of our nocturnal brain activity. Much remains to learn of their natural function, but I'm betting against firm confirmation of any supernatural significance. I'm also dubious about the dreams of Hollywood (Matrix, Inception et al)... but there's no disputing their entertainment value.