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MIT Researchers Have Developed a ‘System for Dream Control’

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  • If hypnagogia will help someone conceive of the cure for cancer, come up with a tv series that helps us better understand humanity or even invent a delicious dessert, this will be worth it.

    It is in our nature to want to continue to expand the boundaries of thought; without radical shifts in perspective, I could not be using my phone to comment on an app right now. Increasing the potential for more people to have strokes of genius— that should be very exciting to us all.

  • I recognize hypnagogia primarily as the time in which I leap from the comfort of my slumber because I am imagining that I’m falling. We all know how horrible it is. That aside, I find this concept really intriguing.

    “All these major thinkers write beautifully about this state of mind where the world starts dissolving, but you still have awareness of your descent into unconsciousness and memories mixing with hallucinations.”

    Yes, the idea of mind control is slightly unsettling, but retaining what

    I recognize hypnagogia primarily as the time in which I leap from the comfort of my slumber because I am imagining that I’m falling. We all know how horrible it is. That aside, I find this concept really intriguing.

    “All these major thinkers write beautifully about this state of mind where the world starts dissolving, but you still have awareness of your descent into unconsciousness and memories mixing with hallucinations.”

    Yes, the idea of mind control is slightly unsettling, but retaining what our minds are processing in this transition seems to be enlightening. Hell, I’m willing to try anything to reach the genius of Einstein, Edison, and Poe.

  • I’m not advocating drug use but aren’t there drugs that can also Induce this not-quite-asleep sleep. I don’t think music writers/composers will be reaching for their Jibo robot for creative help anytime soon.

  • Bonkers

    “Edison was able to reliably induce hypnagogia by falling asleep with steel balls in his hand. As he drifted off to sleep, his muscles would relax and he would inevitably drop the balls on the floor and the noise from the fall would jolt him back to wakefulness. During these micronaps Edison would never fully fall asleep, but he would experience the strange hallucinations and insights characteristic of hypnagogia.”

  • Yeah, can I have the privacy of my own mind please? It’s about all I have left.

  • in the grey of the morning, my mind becomes confused between the dead and the sleeping and the road I must chose. why do we never get an answer when we're nocking at the door, it's because the truth is hard to swallow, it's what the love of war is for. (some blue moody thoughts)

  • Fascinating. My favorite line: that this twilight dream state is a “mental goulash” of reality and hallucination.

  • Between this and the device that can read words in your mind. It feels like a new world is emerging

  • I always wondered why my best ideas occurred in the middle of the night

  • Freddy. Krueger.

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