The Daily Mail – Is film Inception a reality? Studies suggest ‘lucid dreams’ where we control the action are on the rise

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“It is the stuff of a Hollywood movie: a dreamworld that can be manipulated at will.  But for more and more of us, it is becoming a reality, with the number of people experiencing lucid dreams rising rapidly.  In the blockbuster film, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page stroll through a dreamworld where they are able to bend streets into the sky, walk up wall and destroy a cafe by the force of will.

Research carried out at the respected Harvard University in the U.S. showed the brain to be hard at work during lucid dreams. In fact, the level of mental activity in some parts of the brain was similar to that of an awake person.  Lucid dreamers seem to share certain personality traits. For instance, they are creative but also problem orientated and believe in personal responsibility rather that letting society carry the can.
Scientists of course, do not know the function of dreams in general, far less that of lucid ones.  Professor Jim Horne, director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Centre, told the Times that dreams were ‘the cinema of the mind’ – a whimsical distraction to keep us asleep.  Professor Blagrove thinks that dreaming may help us back up our memories. His own research shows that dreams feature a disproportionate amount of information that is five to seven days old.  Our nightmares may reflect our waking concerns, with the five most common themes falling, being chased, feeling paralysed, being late, and the death of a loved one.  Men are more likely to have nightmares about violence or being sacked while bereavement and sexual harassment crop up more in women’s nightmares.  Dreams about hair and tooth loss are also more common in women – perhaps signifying anxieties about losing their looks.  Previous research has found that women have more nightmares than men. Their dreams are also more intense and leave more of an impression when they wake up.”

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David November 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Interesting that lucid dreams are on the rise.I wonder if out-of-body experiences are on the rise too?It is possible to learn how to have lucid dreams and I found the best book on it is one called When I go to Sleep. There’s also free courses on the net about dreams and astral travel, perhaps these things are one reason why more people are having these sorts of experiences.


raducux November 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

i recently saw the movie … i made a strange connection of it to our reality … we all the time dream with our eyes open ( awake ) … projecting stuff in our mind…so , logically inception is present in our real life all the time trough some weird ways that have’nt been explained yet .

please comment on that if some of you share this thought . i’d like to chat on this so i don’t det paranoid of me being crazy :) ))


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