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    What's the function of dreaming? How does it help us?


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    Stormwolf. I replied to your other Thread, ESP ect; Dreams are a medium where experiences are played out. Deep experiences from the sub-conscious, or what happened to you today, or as a consequence of a troubled mind. The more desperate a recent event was, or a proposed event coming up, likely to provoke mind churning as you wrestle the pros and cons. Always remember to, there is a middle of the road of thoughts and ideas, a traffic cop, regulating, or trying to regulate the flow of information in an orderly fashion--normally comes out jumbled. westwind.


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    Well.. since this is the biology section.. How has dreaming, as an evolutionary trait (since everybody dreams..) helped humans survive in the past? I mean its all jumbled up crap sometimes, just a bunch of unrelated events playing out that seems to make sense until you wake up..
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    well.i agree to Westwind..i have also heard that a true dream is 1/10 part of prophecy.how does it help us is a point to ponder 4m scientific point of view.but i thnk dreams may some time make us aware of future incidences..i have a book about dreams and their consequences.to my surprise their meanings come true as written in book.but their are also some symptoms to know whether the dream will b reality or not..
    some tmes we see ice etc in dream and when we wake up we come to know we were feeling cold.in such case dream is a way to make us aware of things which can b harmful during our sleep.such dreams dont have any meaning related to future or predictions etc.they r just a way of our protection
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    Quote Originally Posted by laizla View Post
    some tmes we see ice etc in dream and when we wake up we come to know we were feeling cold.in such case dream is a way to make us aware of things which can b harmful during our sleep.such dreams dont have any meaning related to future or predictions etc.they r just a way of our protection
    I agree with that partially because dreams do actually reflect our physical sleeping environment. But about being able to predict the future, wouldn't it be more likely that the future resembles the past rather than the dream predicted it? Since dreams often do reflect the past and your experiences.. For example, if you dream of being late to work and you are actually late the next day, did the dream really predict it? Or is it more plausible that you've been late before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormwolf View Post
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    some tmes we see ice etc in dream and when we wake up we come to know we were feeling cold.in such case dream is a way to make us aware of things which can b harmful during our sleep.such dreams dont have any meaning related to future or predictions etc.they r just a way of our protection
    I agree with that partially because dreams do actually reflect our physical sleeping environment. But about being able to predict the future, wouldn't it be more likely that the future resembles the past rather than the dream predicted it? Since dreams often do reflect the past and your experiences.. For example, if you dream of being late to work and you are actually late the next day, did the dream really predict it? Or is it more plausible that you've been late before?
    both conditions are possible..where ever i know timing of dream also influence its relation with reality or future.as prophet Joseph was also given the knowledge of telling the meanings of dream.history tells us that he saved the whole egypt 4m gr8 famine by his knowledge of dreams and their meanings
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    From what I've read:
    we dream because the brain repeat what it learnt (during awake) while it sleep. There's science news I read years ago that says: the brain (while asleep) re-activate the same brain region that which activated during learning when it was awake, and it is also obvious that we sometimes do dream about our problem if that problem is very important for us (eg: dream of computer games (games is very important for learning research)). -Based on such fact I conclude that we dream because dreaming is as a mechanism for learning (sleep also strenghten our memory & help us solve problems)... it might not be obvious what we've learn whilst awake so the dream might not be same with our awake life, but it could be the same under specific circumstances (eg: dreaming of falling block after playing a tetris game).

    I couldn't find a reference link (for further reading)... but what I'm trying to say is that dream is just a mechanism for learning and I don't believe it is possible to see the future using dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msafwan View Post
    From what I've read:
    -Based on such fact I conclude that we dream because dreaming is as a mechanism for learning (sleep also strenghten our memory & help us solve problems)... it might not be obvious what we've learn whilst awake so the dream might not be same with our awake life, but it could be the same under specific circumstances (eg: dreaming of falling block after playing a tetris game).
    Hey I think you're right! I always seem to get a concept after 'sleeping on it'.. I think dreaming is kinda like a reality simulator, where the mind simulates what might happen to you or how you might apply knowledge learned during the waking hours.

    I wonder if its possible to learn with speech being played through headphones when you sleep lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormwolf View Post
    What's the function of dreaming? How does it help us?
    From my understanding, psychologists are still at a loss as to why we dream. I seem to like the idea that it's a problem solving/experience gaining mechanism of sorts.

    While I think it's difficult to support this opinion, I can tie in the importance of play (admittedly somewhat shabby).

    Studies with rats have shown play is important for brain development.

    The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain Here are some studies on the effects of play.

    It may not be mentioned in this link, but there was one study in particular where Rats that were given lots of opportunity for play were better at handling risky situations (ie: the presence of a cat). They had better tactics when came to avoiding the cat.

    I feel as though dreams, in a similar way, might be a training regiment we've adopted over time. It may not necessarily be for problem-solving, but I think it might have importance in the same way that playing does. Whether or not a dream makes sense is kind of irrelevent to this notion, as this would suggest that it's predominantly an experience builder. Therefore the experience doesn't always make sense for one simple reason: It's a training exercise for an unfamiliar situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stander-j View Post
    Therefore the experience doesn't always make sense for one simple reason: It's a training exercise for an unfamiliar situation.
    Interesting.. In the ages of caves and hunter-gatherers, where most of the outside world was unknown, it very well may have helped humans survive through 'teaching' people what to do in various situations I think it also helps us process all that information we receive during the day.. Because a lot of dreams are just a reflection on the day before, and often what you learn during the previous day makes much more sense the next day..
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    People prevented from dreaming for a long time become mentally ill; they start to hallucinate, lose physical coordination, lose memory, have wild mood swings, lose their ability to manage their body temperature and heart rate and so forth, become vulnerable to disease and disorders, etc.
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    There is plenty of evidence of the negative effects of dream deprivation. I don't think there is much actually demonstrated positive benifit to dreaming except that it can be demonstrated to be necessary. We know we need it but we don't know exactly what it does.
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    Well isn't it true if you do not sleep you die? Perhaps that has something to do with dreams
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