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Absence of Time in Dreams.

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posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 02:01 PM
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Maybe I was just High, but something odd has always caught me attention with dreams,

Lets say that when one falls asleep at, lets say 9 pm, drifts in to his dream world and then wakes at 9 am.

During this time, the subjects dream occurs to only last mabye an hour ? The events unfolding in ones dream encompass a breif period of time, not the entire 12 hours he is asleep.

Why is this ?

Do dreams not adhere to our objective reality?

Why do they not follow the laws of time ?

Deep




posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 02:10 PM
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Mainly because there is no 'time'... Thats just a word for something that probably cannot be described with just words... You can fall asleep for 20 mins and have a dream that seems to last hours or several days... as you can sleep for 12 hours and have a dream that seems to last only minutes.

Go watch the movie "Waking Life" if you havent already! It explores this in GREAT detail!



posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 02:10 PM
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Possibly because our laws of time aren't laws, merely suggestions that are incorrect?



posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 02:21 PM
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Go watch the movie "Waking Life" if you havent already! It explores this in GREAT detail!


I will.....thansk




The dream world seems to be a direct expeirence of our awake world. Why does the dream world not follow the laws of our awake world ?

What if consciousness was not in our physical bodies, but in another plane of existence ?

Deep



posted on Apr, 19 2004 @ 10:06 PM
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We dream for a reason. We dont dream just for the fun of it. The reason we dream is memory. I will make use of a computer ananogy...

A computer has RAM, a CPU, and a HardDrive, along with other things. Our brains are similar.

When you are on the computer, changes to the system are stored in the RAM. different crucial pieces of info are stored in the RAM. When you shut your computer off, the info in the RAM is transfered to the hard drive, to back up system settings. once power has been cut off, the RAM is cleared.

our brain does the same thing, in a very similar way. our RAM is called short term memory. our hard drive is called long term memory. our brain itself is the CPU. anyways...

through out the day, events that happen and important pieces of information are stored in our short term memory. this way we can retain and have access to recent info throughout the day. during the night, we only dream during REM (Rapid Eye Movement). the ratio of REM sleep, to non-REM sleep is about 1:4. This means we are not in REM four times as much as we are in REM. typically REM lasts 45 minutes to one hour and fifteen minutes.

During REM, also the time while we dream, is the time that our RAM is cleared and stored to our hard drives. Our short term memory is transfered to long term memory. This explains why dreams are generally relevant to what happened throughout the day.

If i had to take a guess, i would guess that the ammount of information that you stored to short term memory throughout the day, was directly proportional to the apperant length of a dream. this would mean that if you had a fairly uneventful day, then the length of your dream may seem short. and if your day was packed, then your dream may seem longer.

REM lasts on the average of one hour no matter what. If you had to store very little information in one hour, it may seem to take a reletivaly short time. On the other hand, if you had tons and tons of info to dump to long term memory, then each event would have to be dumped fairly quickly. your brain can work quickly, but in a dream time seems to go by at normal speed.

THAT is how a one hour dream can seem to last for hours, or even days, because 10 seconds of rapid dump run at "normal" speed could feel like 30 minutes. it all adds up.

sorry for ranting on, im extremely tired...



posted on Apr, 21 2004 @ 11:25 AM
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Sleeping is an advanced stage of meditation of the brain. Your body is slowed as it regenerates; as does your mind. "Sleep time" will imperically seem slower than real time.

It is also extremely possible that you simply do not remember all your dreams and it appears when you wake that nothing had occurred for some time, though actual time has indeed passed.



posted on Apr, 21 2004 @ 04:55 PM
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Lol here is something funny and confusing, if you watch a person sleep, the sleeping person has no sence of time and you could watch then when they go to sleep until they wake up and you could be there 10 hours and the sleeper will wake up and seem to of been asleep for a min. Dose this mean that if you link the two you can speed up and slow down time


MUHAHAHAHAHAHA




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