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  1. dreams

    Apologies for this delayed response. Although our dreams may seem profoundly significant, dreaming isn't the most significant aspect of the sleep process. Actually, what occurs before and after each cycle of dreaming is more important to brain health and mental acuity than understanding what your dream experience or content may signify. Wakeful brain activity, which is both consciousness and dreaming, requires energy that produces cell waste. For our brain to function efficiently that waste must be removed, which is what occurs more efficiently during the sleep process when the brain is not dreaming. We experience several cycles of dreaming that increase in length as the sleep process progresses. During the earlier cycles of this process, we experience longer stages of non-dreaming (NREM) sleep as our brain works to remove the extracellular waste produced by wakeful brain activity. Dreaming cycles are shorter during this period as sort of a neural test of our brain's sustain connectivity after each period of waste removal. This connectivity test effectively increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which arouses our brain's cognitive and perceptual centers. Our dreams are a narrative of what our brain believes it is perceiving during these periods of cognition and perception. Although you do not believe you were stressed when you were experiencing your lucid dreams, your dreams suggest that you were. Understand that dreams are unconscious interpretations of experience; therefore, they are interpretation of experiences that may not have reached your conscious awareness...like being stressed and not being consciously aware that you were.
  2. dreams

    If I'm not too late to this discussion, definitively a lucid dream wherein you experienced an awareness of being within a dream. To understand your experience it's best to know that all dreams arise from activations in the brain associated it's metabolic needs during sleep. Our brain consumes about 20% of our total energy uptake, which is a continuous process even while we sleep. These brain activations in sleep involve the same cognitive centers we use to navigate our conscious experience of physical/material reality. Therefore, dreaming is a type of wakefulness or altered state of consciousness amid sleep. The distinction in the brain between dreaming and true consciousness involves a distinction between the sort of stimuli or sensory information our brain receives and processes while in its divergent states of consciousness. All dreams, including lucid dreaming, are a response to stimuli our wakeful brain amid sleep seek to interpret. Therefore, dreams and everything you experience within them are interpretations of stimuli that you perceive when your brain arouses amid sleep to service its metabolic needs. In understanding what your lucid dream experience may signify, you should consider what sort of stimuli your sleep brain appears to be interpreting. Focusing on the overall context of your dream, you were trying to escape a state or condition that you knew wasn't real or reality. Was it, perhaps, a reflection of some social or mental state or condition you were experiencing around that time a year ago?
  3. Racism at the Athens, GA, library

    You won't find the support or insight, you obviously want or need, at this or any science discussion website or, for that matter, any website. You should discuss your concerns in person with a qualified professional who can identify, understand, and address your very apparent--to me at least--needs. I hope this helps.
  4. Can science prove God ?

    Science can't prove anything; however, with clearly defined and approved parameters and references in science, I think it can provide a methodology whereby evidence can be investigated or found for the existence of "God or afterlife". Wouldn't a more interesting question be what experiment would we personally designed to provide definitive evidence in science for the existence of god(s)? Then we might at least be aware at which point in our own experience we would begin to suspect or accept the existence of some omnipotent intelligence.
  5. I couldn't agree more, consciousness "is only 'uniquely human' if we define it by criteria which only humans can attain." It isn't unique, consciousness is merely the quality or level of awareness suggested or expressed by the behavioral responses of a species to stimuli.
  6. John McCain

    Sen. John McCain was one of only two Republicans in recent memory whom I felt showed an uncommon measure of integrity for an American politician. The other was Sen. Arlen Specter. Sadly, I fear, we shall not see the likes of such men in American politics ever again, which is probably why I have such great hope for those women who have shown tremendous courage in choosing to serve our government. This is not to suggest that women are incorruptible, it's just time for a major social shift in our governing given the status of our current male leadership, which is extraordinarily disgraceful--IMO.
  7. First discovery of an ancient-human hybrid.

    I read that article and a fascinating find it was indeed!
  8. Dreams causing real injuries?

    Perhaps this will assist your inquiry: Somatic illness, hypnotic suggestion, psychogalvanic reflexes, pseudocyesis, and the placebo effect are just some of the myriad of evidence in science for our powerful mind/body connection. I recall a video in my youth where a person under hypnosis experienced skin redness and blistering when given the suggestion that her hand was emersed in boiling water instead of water that was actually room temperature. I've mentioned all this so that you might not jump to supernatural conclusions, as DrP suggests, and consider or investigate more rational causes for your injuries amid sleep. Barring causes within your sleep environment, consider the possibility that your injuries were a somatic response to your dream experiences.
  9. What is faith?

    As it concerns faith, I think science has a firm grasp on what's happening. As it may concern the paranormal, the evidence provided through real scientific methodology has, IMO, shown the paranormal or supernatural to be quite normal and not so super. The evidence for what "is happening" has been consistently ordinary and explainable. Regardless, some of us still cling to the child-like hope for something more magical to our existence that just being alive.
  10. What is faith?

    If a fear of lost credibility discourages our investigation, then we obviously need to develop tougher skin to become successful scientists. Also, I don't think much of the opinions of individuals who follow the crowd and dismiss a subject a woo just because everyone say it is. I esteem individuals who demonstrate a firm grasp of a subject that's clearly rooted in their personal investigation or study of the relevant facts. My perspective of faith, similarly, is unbiased by the crowd and based on my own investigation of the available evidence pro, con, and personal. Unfortunately, impartial and open-minded study of the paranormal hasn't as yet uncovered incontrovertible evidence for the paranormal.
  11. What is faith?

    If I may comment on just this bit here, your comment appears to show how little you may understand science. Science attempts to provide a clear, cogent, and reliable methodology whereby evidence may be investigated or found for the ideas we espouse. Science isn't discouraged from investigating the supernatural, it has investigated and have found clear, cogent, and reliable evidence lacking.
  12. Best James Bond

    Indeed, in Casino Royale Sellers played the character Evelyn Tremble, a baccarat master hired to pose as James Bond as portrayed by David Nivens. A funny addition was Woody Allen who played Jimmy Bond, James' villainous nephew.
  13. Best James Bond

    Peter Sellers, primarily because he was a brilliantly funny actor...IMHO.
  14. What is faith?

    Your response and tag here suggest to me that you are a person of faith who has thrown him or herself into this lion's den of scientific discussion. Why does a person of faith seek unwelcoming environments--such as a science discussion site--to engage in discussions of faith with staunch "non-believers"? Is it done in defense of your faith or is it some hopeful evangelical effort? Perhaps it's mostly about your own insecurities rather than some altruistic effort. I guess we'll know for sure should you ever respond to this or any of the above posts.
  15. What is faith?

    Therefore, your idea of faith involves self deification. Although it isn't an original notion, the idea of deifying one's self draws power from belief alone rather than any real or tangible support. Indeed, IMO, this idea is a mental placebo because its basis isn't supported by anything other than belief. It's a sugar pill that can imbue believers with an empowering, albeit, false sense of self.