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The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated

The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated
by Maria Popova Trekking the continuum of sleep and wakefulness in a journey into metaconsciousness. As if the science of sleep and the emotional function of dreaming weren’t fascinating enough in and of themselves, things get even more bewildering when it comes to lucid dreaming — a dream state in which you’re able to manipulate the plot of the dream and your experience in it. But how, exactly, does that work and can you train yourself to do it? Count on AsapSCIENCE — who have previously explored such mysteries as how music enchants the brain, the neurobiology of orgasms, and the science of procrastination — to shed some light: Everybody has 3-7 dreams a night — the problem is, we quickly forget them. (Then again, the probability that you are dreaming this very minute might be one in ten, so it might all be moot.) Then, treat yourself to this fantastic and mind-bending Radiolab episode about how one man cured himself of a recurring nightmare by learning lucid dreaming: Donating = Loving

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