Sunday, May 28, 2006
The return of Dr. Ralph
I fell asleep the other night, watching an old South Park episode. The one where Kenny gets killed by the Russian space station ,that crashes to earth and smashes him.
Apparently this triggered a dream. In my dream ,I was walking along the beach. I stumbled on,what turned out to be a lamp. I figured it washed up from the ocean. I thought it might be a magic lamp, so I rubbed it and made three wishes.
The next thing I know! There are beautiful women everywhere , I have piles of money, and a very soar neck.
What causes dreams, anyway?
Many different theories, nothing for sure. According to the Freudian school, dreams are the result of subconscious thoughts and desires. The other extreme attributes dreams to random "noise" in the neurons without special meaning.
My understanding is that dreams are made out of many small parts of memory and imagination that get combined to form dream imagery. This is a process that runs both consciously and subconsciously. I don't know and leave to speculation the reason why this is so.