Explained: The Meaning Of Dreaming

Submitted by: midnightblis 6 years ago in Science

Neuroscience is giving us more rigorous methods to understand what dreams are. So what do dreams really mean?
There are 54 comments:
Male 2
Ha! I`m a dumbass. There`s totally credits at the end of the video.
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Male 2
Anyone know the name/artist of the painting at 2:43? Looks interesting.
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Male 464
1. It is possible for a dream to kill you by giving you a panic attack and/or putting you in shock.
2. I have quite often dreamt of scary encounters, it has actually improved my zombie invasion plan.
3. Also, I love sleeping and dreaming!
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Female 512
Well...if dreams are supposed to be preparing us for future scary encounters, my brain is doing a lousy job. I haven`t once dreamt of fighting off zombies. How am I supposed to prepare for an undead apocalypse?
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Male 511
I think they were actively trying to slip in that painting of the nude woman as many times as possible.
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Female 77
sleeping is so awesome.
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Male 1,582
"Explained: The Meaning of Dreaming"? .. More like: "Told: What You Already Know for Three Minutes, and Claim in the Title That It`s Explained"
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Male 694
Also, it is possible to die of fear, when you go into shock. So, in theory, if your dream is scary enough, your dreams could kill you, right?
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Male 694
I was always told it was just random neurons firing off while we sleep.
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Male 515
Wolf safe.
Wolf with eye-patch dangerous.
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Male 7,123
RobSwindol,

That`s how science works. If we only worked on the immediately and obviously beneficial we would be poo-hot flint knappers but not much else.
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Male 639
@chimmeychang, well not if dreams are just a bi-product of reorganisation.
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Male 639
Well... that was ambiguous. Personally I think that dreams are just a reorganisation of the mind.
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Male 684
"Second, we`ve gone this long without knowing the true meaning of dreams and we`ve done alright."

what world are you living in?
the world will change greatly when we unlock the secrets of the human brain...we die without sleep, and suffer without dreams, so they more than likely play a vital role in our lives. we spend 1/4 of our lives sleeping, id say its important.
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Male 792
And secondly...99% of these fringe sciences are privately funded.
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Male 792
If we don`t spend time and money on studying these "fringe sciences", then we wouldn`t come up with more substantial sciences. We never would have split the atom, travelled into space, or developed modern medicine.
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Male 987
1:10
SO I HERD U LEIK MIRROR NEURONS.
/clap
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Male 2,528
First off, that`s not an "explanation" at all, but merely a hodge-podge of theories.

Second, we`ve gone this long without knowing the true meaning of dreams and we`ve done alright. Why do we waste so much time and money researching poo that we probably will not find a definite answer to anyway? And even if we do find that answer, who`s to say that it will actually be beneficial?
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Female 3,001
also, on the topic of dying in your dreams, iv done it before, and i always become someone else in my dream, similar to how it goes down on halo
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Female 3,001
interesting
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Female 1,984
"I have watched myself die in about four dreams."
I`ve died a couple times in dreams. In one I was blown up by a bomb set on the roof of my house. I got to the roof and it went off.

The video said that children dream of scary animals. I don`t recall ever doing that. My scary dreams were ceiling tall barbie dolls.
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Male 40,739
vv That`s why I come here @robo! To lol and have some brain smacking, lolz!
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Male 2,424
damn iab some times you smack my brain with knowledge.
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Male 639
I think I may be the only person who constantly has the naked dreams and never has an issue with it, also I`m hung like Hussein. I do get the losing teeth one and sleep paralysis a lot though, both freak me the phuck out. Also, my dreams frequently contain dwarf fighting and I know like maybe 2 dwarves, so unless subconsciously I`m planning on fighting a dwarf army, I don`t think they`re being very helpful preparing me for future events.
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Male 40,739
(still laughing out loud at Frued pulling a lightbulb out of his ass...)
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Male 1,184
I may be only one who tried to watch it without sound... but just so you know, it makes NO sense without sound.
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Male 3,745
"Still cant explain the dejavu`s I have constantly."

like Dixxyrar i keep a dream diary...every dream ive had so far was a future event. i guess going off of that i know how im going to die...
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Male 40,739
"dreams do have real effects on our brains..." Yes, and if we don`t dream we DIE! I`d call that a `real effect`! lolz!
Seriously, I love dreaming, my dreams are weird, but more fun than real life, eh?
This is from 2008, just search the interwebs for a torrent of this issue :)
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Male 40,739
[quote]I`m midlle aged and still dream once in awhile that I`m in my underwear prancing through the High School.[/quote]
@Handy DANG! You got underwear? Lucky you! My clothes often disappear, leaving me buck-nekked! And worst of all, no one seems to notice or care... lolz!

Take some Melatonin 10mg for extra-dreamy dreams!
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Male 40,739
0:38 "But Frued`s methodology left much to be desired" as he pulls a lightbulb out his butt:
LOLZ! OMG! That`s the funniest thing I`ve seen in ages!!!
Once I stop laughing my butt off I`ll watch the rest... lolz!
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Male 2,307
"I love my nightmares. They keep me entertained. Also, for anyone who still believes that if you die in your dream you die in life, that is false. I have watched myself die in about four dreams. Two when I was four or five years old and and two more as a teenager. "

You think people took Freddy that seriously?
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Female 3,598
that didn`t really explain anything... it`s more theory... just like all the theories before it... hopefully science can really explain it one day.
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Female 1,203
I love my nightmares. They keep me entertained. Also, for anyone who still believes that if you die in your dream you die in life, that is false. I have watched myself die in about four dreams. Two when I was four or five years old and and two more as a teenager.
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Male 63
So basically, dreams might be a whole bunch of things, but we really don`t have a clue yet. Great video.
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Female 30
So why is this news? I learned about this in my INTRO to psych class...
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Male 490
Still cant explain the dejavu`s I have constantly.
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Male 718
Alot of Bosch paintings in this video huh?
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Female 2,674
I love dreams. I`ve kept a dream diary for a long, long time... more often than not, I find some kind of connection with my daily life/emotions/moral conflicts. Sometimes analyzing the ridiculousness of dreams helps with sorting out my thoughts and feelings.
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Male 1,222
So basically, its a defragmentation of my hard disk
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Male 535
@c3rv4
no you dream just as much as everybody else. everyone dreams every time they sleep and so do you. the problem is remembering your dreams after you awake. when you don`t remember that you had a dream, then it seems to you like you didn`t dream at all... of course
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Male 2,402
@xKrazyKoala

You mean I`m into Koala`s?
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Male 15,510
Title of the post:

Explained: The Meaning Of Dreaming

Last bit of the video:

"Dreams likely will remain a mystery for a long time to come"
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Male 208
@Handy I think that just means your pedo...
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Male 83
Memories are encoded in our neurophysiology, but the exact method is not known. Thus, when the brain creates a dream it has to have prior experience/memory/sensation in combination with our ability to imagine/create in order to simulate a sleeping reality. Not enough space to go into it here, but REM sleep starts an oscillation at ~60Hz, which is the frequency related to re-uptake of synaptic receptors. One theory is that it causes a proportional decrease in all synaptic connections, leaving the relative strength of the connections intact while reducing the energetic demands on the neuron (and permitting new connections to be made). In other words, we are in a golden age of neurobiology in which I think there will be some incredible discoveries - and those discoveries won`t sit as well as it draws out questions of who we are and how different are we from other complex creatures.
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Male 270
I rarely dream. Maybe that`s why my memory suck :O
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Male 25,416
Maybe they need to dream about dreams, Inception :P
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Male 2,402
I`m midlle aged and still dream once in awhile that I`m in my underwear prancing through the High School.
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Male 2,402
@whyme73

We csll them Menehune`s in Hawaii.

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Female 2,026
unavalible for me :(
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Male 3,477
If you smoke a lot of pot you don`t dream nearly as much. Don`t believe me? Quit for six months. (Ya, right.)
R.E.M. is your chemical computer rebooting like the video said.
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Male 469
I had a dream last night that I was in a sand castle in Hawaii with Dumbledore and that these wizards were coming to kill or dismiss him from Hogwarts. I hid behind a desk while they fought it out.
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Female 45
lmao @ "things that can be put on toast".
& i always have nightmares about zombies.:]
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Male 2,344
I had a dream I was basically Jason Bourne the other day... Saving this kid I knew from the 8th grade from his repressive and unloving parents. I remember I attacked his dad and buried him in blankets, in a room of the house, while the rest of the family was posting how much they hate their son on Facebook.

Does this mean I am preparing myself to be Jason Bourne?
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Female 48
Link: Explained: The Meaning Of Dreaming [Rate Link] - Neuroscience is giving us more rigorous methods to understand what dreams are. So what do dreams really mean?
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