, aka The Quest
(North America), aka Go Kids
(UK), aka The Spirit Chaser
(Sweden) features Henry Thomas as an American orphan in Australia investigating an aboriginal legend at a flooded quarry in Devils Knob national park. And yes, it's available in its entirety on youtube
American Photojournalist Steve McCurry
has posted a series of photographs of people reading around the world on his blog. He also connects them with quotations on books and reading.
McCurry is the photographer of the famous photograph Afghan Girl
on National Geographic's cover a few years back.
Earlier posts on Metafilter on McCurry include this
is some music to listen to while thinking
What is the probability that you are dreaming right now?
asks Jan Westerhoff, author of Oxford University Press' Reality: A Very Short Introduction (large excerpts at Google Books)
. Westerhoff explains that since it's accepted that about 20% of time sleeping is REM (dreaming) sleep, if you sleep 8 hours a night, then 10% of your "conscious" time is actually dream time.* [more inside]
Researchers at UCSC have collected and analyzed over 20,000 dreams. Their database includes dreams of people from all walks of life
and is available online
. Meanwhile, Sawlogs.net
offers some easy-to-grasp statistics
of its user-generated dream database
Dreaming of Nonsense: The Evolutionary Enigma of Dream Content
. Why on earth do our minds conjure up such ridiculous imagery, such inane thoughts, such spectacularly vivid and surreal landscapes, intense emotions—such narrative trash?
To Sleep Perchance to Dream
: an exhibition of 17th century sleep-related paraphernalia at the Folger Shakespeare Library
offers insight into attitudes towards sleep and dreams. Insomnia? Try eating some lettuce.
The Sleep Medicine Home Page
: A comprehensive links and resources one-pager for both professionals and sufferers
, resources regarding all aspects of sleep including, the physiology of sleep, clinical sleep medicine, sleep research, federal and state information, patient information, and business-related groups.
(also known as a corroboree
) helps indigenous Australians to interact with the Dreamtime
through dance, music and costume. Many ceremonies act out events from the Dreamtime
. Many of the ceremonies are sacred and people from outside a community are not permitted to participate or watch. However, there are many ceremonies we've been allowed to witness
(here's one of my favourites
). And there's plenty of related pictures
available at the National Museum's website. Naturally, any indigenous Australians reading should note that these links may include images or names of people who may now be deceased.
Dreams: Night School
Revonsuo puts it, "The primary function of negative dreams is rehearsal for similar real events, so that threat recognition and avoidance happens faster and more automatically in comparable real situations."
"Turn the human brain upside down and all around to see how memories are saved (or lost)." National Geographic
has a great interactive 3D map of the brain as part of an excellent feature on memory
. [more inside]
(arguably better known as 'The Dreamtime') is more than just the story of how the world was created as told by Aboriginal Australians. It is also the basis for their way of life and death, their source of power in life and it tells of the life and influence of their ancestors on their culture. It was so important to Aboriginal Australians in the time before the white invasion of Australia that it was the one commonly held belief amongst a culture that consisted of over 500 different tribes (discussion of Dreamtime beliefs here
). Thought to be the oldest continuously maintained cultural history on Earth, it is often presented as a series of inter-related stories explaining Aboriginal Australian origins and culture, such as how the Australian landscape was created or how the Mimi spirits taught them how to paint these stories on the walls of caves more than 40,000 years ago
And what better way to learn of several of the many different Dreamtime stories than to listen and watch them being told by Aboriginal Australians elders themselves
? And if that isn't enough Dreamtime mythology for you, here's some links to various sites
which allow you to view Aboriginal rock art to see how these stories were translated into a form of artistic expression which is now five times older than the Egyptian Pyramids themselves.
You can achieve dream control. Lucid dreaming
has been discussed
on MeFi before
. LD4all is a site that I highly recommend, as it takes you step-by-step through the learning process; from remembering your dreams through gaining control and even into more esoteric subjects
. As a researcher in the field, I'm interested in both the empirical views
and those more artistic
"To dream of eating pancakes, denotes that you will have excellent success in all enterprises undertaken at this time." "To dream of lard, signifies a rise in fortune will soon gratify you." "Dairy is a good dream both to the married and unmarried." "To dream of seeing your thigh smooth and white, denotes unusual good luck and pleasure." "To dream of noodles, denotes an abnormal appetite and desires. There is little good in this dream." "To dream of seeing a marmot, denotes that sly enemies are approaching you in the shape of fair women."
-- What's in a Dream?
A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams
by Gustavus Hindman Miller, published in 1901.
Life is but a dream. Some people study dreams
, while others post to dream BB's
. You can even learn how to have lucid dream
with these cool, little coins
. And of course, there is the inevitable link list.
. Being able to remember and control your dreams. Also see this Ask Metafilter
Dreaming is said to play a vital role in the lives of the Senoi
tribe of Malaysia. While this story
has it's detractors
, Senoi-style lucid dreaming is one technique
practiced by those looking to discover just what's going on
inside their heads.
The Dream Machine.
Did anyone else miss this? The Lucidity Institute
has purportedly created a machine, the NovaDreamer
, that will help "control and create dreams." Retail price: US $300.00.
I think I'll get one. I wonder if there might be any harmful psychological side effects to always dream lucidly? Oh well.