What are dreams?

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Re: What are dreams?

Unread postby tolenio » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:43 am

Hello,

What does a radio do, convert electromagnetic waves to a receivable form. What does cryptochrome do, convert geomagnetic waves to a receivable form.

Can you say to a certainty that goosebumps are not the raising of antenna to recieve magnetic data from the environment when primary senses are compromised?

We are just begining to learn about cryptochrome, yet some people decide in advance how far it goes. This is why Galileo Galilei died under house arrest.

When you learn that the body converts magnetic waves into a receivable form it opens many possibilities. When you consider the observation of maternal intuition with the real knoweledge that the human brain is all about electricity and that all flowing electricity generates magnetic fields, and cryptochrome receives magnetic data it brings the supernatural into the natural.

Magnetoencephalography (MEG) is a technique for mapping brain activity by recording magnetic fields produced by electrical currents occurring naturally in the brain, using arrays of SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices). Applications of MEG include basic research into perceptual and cognitive brain processes, localizing regions affected by pathology before surgical removal, determining the function of various parts of the brain, and neurofeedback.


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The tools are now only emerging...

The perception of pain in others suppresses somatosensory oscillations: A magnetoencephalography study• Yawei Chenga, b, Chia-Yen Yangc, Ching-Po Lina, Po-Lei Leed, Jean Decety

Abstract
Accumulating evidence demonstrates that similar neural circuits are activated during the first-hand experience of pain and the observation of pain in others. However, most functional MRI studies did not detect signal change in the primary somatosensory cortex during pain empathy. To test if the perception of pain in others involves the primary somatosensory cortex, neuromagnetic oscillatory activity was recorded from the primary somatosensory cortex in 16 participants while they observed static pictures depicting body parts in painful and non-painful situations. The left median nerve was stimulated at the wrist, and the poststimulus rebounds of the ~ 10-Hz somatosensory cortical oscillations were quantified. Compared to the baseline condition, the level of the ~ 10-Hz oscillations was suppressed during both of the observational situations, indicating the activation of the primary somatosensory cortex. Importantly, watching painful compared to non-painful situations suppressed somatosensory oscillations to a significant stronger degree. In addition, the suppression caused by perceiving others in the painful relative to the non-painful situations correlated with the perspective taking subscale of the interpersonal reaction index. These results, consistent with the mirror-neuron system, demonstrate that the perception of pain in others modulates neural activity in primary somatosensory cortex and supports the idea that the perception of pain in others elicits subtle somatosensory activity that may be difficult to detect by fMRI techniques.


Do you know what the somatosensory cortex does? It perceives environmental stimuli.

The sensory cortex can refer informally to the primary somatosensory cortex, or it can be used as an umbrella term for the primary and secondary cortices of the different senses (two cortices each, on left and right hemisphere): the visual cortex on the occipital lobes, the auditory cortex on the temporal lobes, the primary olfactory cortex on the uncus of the piriform region of the temporal lobes, the gustatory cortex on the insular lobe (also referred to as the insular cortex), and the primary somatosensory cortex on the anterior parietal lobes. Just posterior to the primary somatosensory cortex lies the somatosensory association cortex, which integrates sensory information from the primary somatosensory cortex (temperature, pressure, etc.) to construct an understanding of the object being felt. Inferior to the frontal lobes are found the olfactory bulbs, which receive sensory input from the olfactory nerves and route those signals throughout the brain. Not all olfactory information is routed to the olfactory cortex. Some neural fibers are routed directly to limbic structures, while others are routed to the supraorbital region of the frontal lobe. Such a direct limbic connection makes the olfactory sense unique


Since migraine sufferers have larger somatosensory cortexes it is believed that this is the reason why geomagnetic activity is tied to migraine intensity. Many migraine sufferers report a visual component.

Approximately one-third of people who suffer from migraine headaches perceive an aura—transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbances signaling the migraine will soon occur


Where is human cryptochrome primarily found? The eyes...

Early gamma-band activity as a function of threat processing in the extrastriate visual cortex
Frances A. Maratosa*, Carl Seniorb, Karin Moggc, Brendan P. Bradleyc & Gina Ripponb

Nov 2011

Abstract
Various neuroimaging investigations have revealed that perception of emotional pictures is associated with greater visual cortex activity than their neutral counterparts. It has further been proposed that threat-related information is rapidly processed, suggesting that the modulation of visual cortex activity should occur at an early stage. Additional studies have demonstrated that oscillatory activity in the gamma band range (40–100 Hz) is associated with threat processing. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) was used to investigate such activity during perception of task-irrelevant, threat-related versus neutral facial expressions. Our results demonstrated a bilateral reduction in gamma band activity for expressions of threat, specifically anger, compared with neutral faces in extrastriate visual cortex (BA 18) within 50–250 ms of stimulus onset. These results suggest that gamma activity in visual cortex may play a role in affective modulation of visual processing, in particular with the perception of threat cues.


Time will tell the tale.

Later,
Tom
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Re: What are dreams?

Unread postby rboston » Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:05 pm

It really depends on you what you are going to make up for your dream. I just think they are representations of how people think in reality. And it probably is a deep desire over something that it manifests when you are sleeping.

You can very well choose not to learn from it as you are not bound to do so. What you probably could do with it is to try and recall them in writing so that you will be able to judge things from that.
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Re: Associated Dreams continued

Unread postby Maxwell Jennings » Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:10 pm

Associated Dreams continued...

Well into experimenting in the dream-state, Kristine and I were eventually at the point where annihilations of the dreaming-grounds and guards (doodads) were common occurrences. Kris got to the point where her vibrational rate brought her to constant states of lucid dreaming and she would be able to break through the invisible barrier of the dreaming-grounds and then explore other realms of existence. The escorting guards were not able to stop us as we were determined to free ourselves from their imprisoning control. Regardless of the validity of my premise, this intro is the best segue into this next description of an awake-state focus of one person entering the dream state of another person.

One night while awake, I was mentally focusing on annihilating stuff that needed to be destroyed and Kris was asleep in the back room. My intuition suggested that I focus on Kris in the dream-state, so I stepped up the bombings while imagining myself near where Kris was in her dream body. I even raised my real arms up over my head as if trying to flag someone down. I mentally yelled out, "Hey, Kris, over here!"

About ten minutes later, Kris came out to the front room. I told her that I was focusing on her while she was asleep, trying to help. She immediately described the dream she was in. "I was being escorted by doodads near a large body of water. The waves were undulating and the surface was boiling." She asked her escorts what was going on and they replied that there was a war happening in the distance. I mentioned that I even waved to her without describing the details. Her face lit up and she replied, "I DID see someone waving...with their hands over their head. It was so out of context with what was going on in the dream that it brought me to a higher vibrational lucid state and I was gone in a flash! But, I came back and annihilated the guards and then took off again. Thanks!"

I had that cold-chill/skin-crawling sensation from the verification.

For those of you that have lucid dreams, will yourself to the barrier and see what occurs. Typically, something will happen that will distract you from continuing.

Don't be fooled by quickly changing scenes or by people that seem familiar to you. The only recourse by the guards is to confuse you or mesmerize you or zap you awake, essentially killing your dream-body, so be prepared to defend yourself!
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Re: What are dreams?

Unread postby Observist » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:11 pm

Dreaming is a window into the subconsciousness mind and nothing else. The Subconsciousness mind deals with raw emotion, while the consciousness refines it. Thats why when you argue with lets say a teacher, it "pops" into your mind, Hey F*ck you. You know better and refine it to a better answer. Assuming you know right from wrong. Theres more detail than that. But this is a quick summary.
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Re: What are dreams?

Unread postby tolenio » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:40 am

Many people state "theory" or "consensus" as science "fact" when they are not.

There are accepted assumptions about dreams, just as there are accepted assumptions on solar operations.

As the Electric Universe theory turns the standard consensus regarding the sun on its head, so we should all see the folly in stating theory as fact.
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Lucid Dreaming

Unread postby Maxwell Jennings » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:01 pm

During the project and not long after we started experimenting with dreams, I had my first remarkable lucid dream. I had a few lucid dreams before in the course of my life that entailed flying and other endeavors but this particular dream was all about the premise of the project.

The Dream:

I was inside a house and as I stepped, my foot did not come down to the ground and instead I began to levitate. I thought "I'm dreaming! I'll have to remember this so I can tell Kris when I wake up!"

I floated out into the cul-de-sac and recognized the neighborhood where I spent most of my childhood with our house there on the left-hand corner. By the time I was out over the main avenue and made a right turn, I was about 200 feet above the road heading south. I heard a mental voice say, "Check behind you" so I did a barrel-roll to make sure that nothing was attached to my dream-body. Everything seemed fine as I continued slowly south.

I looked down and saw several people walking on the sidewalk so I pulled out a pistol-like weapon, pointed it down and pulled the trigger but nothing happened. I said to myself, "They must not be doodads" somehow knowing I had specific ammunition.

I followed the hill down, lowering my flight altitude to match the slope of the hill. At the bottom and the first cross-street, I passed over that street and immediately felt myself pass through an invisible energy barrier. It stunned me enough to cause me to lose altitude and I landed on the sidewalk to the right. I also felt consciously stunned too, as if I was being forced back into a non-lucid state.

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw two male doodads across the street watching me as I feigned totally stunned. One told the other to go around behind me and zap my dream-body, but as he came up behind me, I turned on him, grabbed him and reduced him to small piece of round, brittle cardboard in my hand and crumbled it to dust. Shocked, the other doodad slipped into the ground and came up behind me and zapped me, causing me to wake up.

After waking up and talking with Kris about my experience, my intuition indicated that the familiar surroundings were used to help me navigate toward a doodad military base. I declared that any doodad that tries to pass through the ground will be instantly annihilated, then I focused on destroying the base.

The next day at work, one of the waitresses came up to me and immediately described a dream she had that night before. She said she was walking with someone and they came to an area where body parts were jutting from the ground. My intuition indicted that she was relaying proof that what I had set up about doodads traveling through the ground and being annihilate had worked.

Eventually, I realized that I was indeed lucid all the time now in the dream-state. In fact, I did feel more awake in my dreams compared to before starting the project when I felt barely conscious in my dreams, or waking up from one dream into another dream but feeling extremely sleepy in the dream. Now, I was more active while dreaming and even more determined to annihilate the doodads and their dreaming-grounds trap.
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