posted on Nov, 9 2008 @ 05:43 PM
I've known people who claim that they don't dream. Ever. Not a lot, but definitely a few. They have no idea what dreaming is like and say that
they've never experienced it. Or, some phrase it that they obviously "must" have dreams, since after all...everybody else does. But they "don't
remember it." Yet, without fail, never have any of these people ever told me that they don't believe dreams are real, and never have they ever told
me that they suspect that people who claim to have dreams are delusional or crazy, and never once have they recommended that people who dream should
see a psychiatrist.
Have you ever met anyone who didn't believe in dreams, or thought that people who had them were crazy simply because they had never experienced
dreams themselves? I haven't. Why is this? People have no problem saying that they've never experienced an alien abduction, and there's no proof,
so obviously people who believe in them are crazy. And people have no problem saying that they've never experienced astral travel or OBE's, and
there's no proof, so obviously people who think they have are just having unusually vivid dreams. And people have no problem saying that they've
never experienced God, and there's no proof, so obviously people who believe in God are weak minded sheep.
What's to stop someone who doesn't dream from claiming that people who think they do are delusional, crazy, and quite literally insane to the point
of hallucinating unreal experiences? Well...nothing really. I do have dreams, but I can't offer any evidence that I'm not insane and hallucinating.
Sleep and dream studies don't really offer anything either. Rapid eye movement? So what? People who don't dream do that too. Doesn't mean anything.
And how do you go from "your eyes move around a lot when you sleep" to "experience fantastic world where anything can happen, but that nobody else
can see"? Doesn't make any sense. What about electroencephalographs? They don't prove anything at all. Your brain changes its electrical activity
when you sleep. How is that any evidence of fantasy experiences? And even if people are having these experiences...again, so what? Delusional
psychotics have brain activity too.
Everybody who says they dream could very well be psychotics, experiencing delusions and hallucinations. In fact, isn't "hallucination" an
excellent way to describe what dreams are? Only you see them. They don't effect anyone or anything else around you. It's just you.
If somebody were to claim that dreamers are experiencing hallucinations as the result of a mild form of insanity...could anyone give any
evidence that this isn't true? I can't. Not even circumstantially. Lots of people who dream are able to function in society, but so what? Ted
Bundy blended in just fine in between his bouts of killing people and having sex with their corpses.
And yet...people who don't dream seem to passively believe others who claim that they do, and assume that's it's perfectly natural and ok. Some
think that they just don't for some reason, and others assume they do and come up with excuses: "Oh...obviously I have dreams. Everybody does. I
just...don't remember ever having had any for some reason. I guess I just don't remember them. That's all."
When was the last time you heard somebody say "Oh, obviously I'm abducted by aliens. Obviously there's a God. Obviously I have astral travels and
OBE's. I just don't remember. That's all. These things are all perfectly real and normal. I just don't have any direct experience of them, that's
Who's to say that a lot of the people claiming to have dreams really don't, and are simply "hopping on the bandwagon" and pretending that
Why don't people who don't dream accept and believe that dreams are real, and that they're not a sign of insanity? Why don't people who don't
dream believe that those who do are simply crazy?
This question, while interesting, is largely intended to provide perspective on other issues of belief unrelated to dreams.