Emerging Paradigms of Consciousness Research: News and Views on Consciousness and Mind Science Connected and Gathered from around the Internet

"In some sense man is a microcosm of the universe; therefore what man is, is a clue to the universe. We are enfolded in the universe. ~ David Bohm"

5HT (Serotonin) and Sleep

Here's some interesting information about brain chemistry in relation to dreaming..

Dr. J. Allan Hobson, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, has spent more than 40 years studying sleep and dreaming. He is author of "The Chemistry of Conscious States" (Little, Brown, 1994).

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Binaural Beats for Lucid Dreaming: is it just Pseudoscience?

Ryan Hurd from Dream Studies has written a great article on Brainwave Entrainment and Lucid Dreaming.

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Mutual hypnosis - research on empathy

Considering the importance of the state of consciousness known as empathy, it's surprising how little scientific research has been devoted to understanding it. Mutual hypnosis is a shared altered state that might prove to be a valuable probe for exploring the nature of empathy. It's also a strange and provocative thing to think about.

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The powers of mind

An interesting article about the various types of psi. There are many more types than I've ever heard of..

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The Collective Unconsciousness Project

Just stumbled on this site, it's a pretty cool idea. Go contribute your dreams to the Collective Unconscious, or browse through the growing database.

The Collective Unconsciousness Project (TCUP) is not designed to be a finished project, but an evolving framework that changes by interacting with it. It exists as both an online community and personal space. The interface finds connections between dreams while exploring what it means to be dream-like. The navigation is purposefully non-hierarchical, based on chance and the user’s choices.

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Buddhists, Existentialists and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life

An interesting essay by Doug Mann

Richard Linklater's 2002 film Waking Life is all about dreaming, and how we can sometimes lucidly control our dreams. Yet it's also about some broad philosophical issues, including one of the oldest philosophical conundrums, the distinction between appearance and reality.

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behavior

Sleep deprivation is a commonplace occurrence in modern culture. Every day there seems to be twice as much work and half as much time to complete it in. This results in either extended periods of wakefulness or a decrease in sleep over an extended period of time. While some people may like to believe that they can train their bodies to not require as much sleep as they once did this belief is false (1). Sleep is needed to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function optimally.

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..Is all that we see or seem,
but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe