posted on Aug, 9 2008 @ 09:18 AM
Sounds interesting, although its more usual to have ideas in dreaming than successfully perform calculations, being as what in that state the brain is
busy collating memories. If a few memories happen to 'collide' while dreaming then a new idea can be formed, like maybe benzene is a hexagon with a
delocalised electron ring instead of 3 double bonds
However, dreaming can be VERY lucid sometimes as well - which is bizarre, and could well help with development of semi-conscious data processing
The idea of 'hidden capabilities' in the brain usually comes from finding an ability to access neural networks not usually used in conscious thought
- being as the dream state is onwe of altered consciousness, it could help i suppose...
But then you'd only have the same capabilities you'd been taught in the past and either not remembered or just not quite grasped at the time - if i
needed 'hidden capabilities' to multiply two 2 digit numbers, i'd be a little worried...
On the whole though, a good point for further research - what was the sum and what did you get as an answer in the dream when you tried it?