This article grabbed my attention because dreams have always fascinated me. Mine confuse me, amaze me, and sometimes terrify me, but the overwhelming question I’ve always had is this: Where does my brain come up with this stuff?
Sadly, the article had no information that meant anything to me; rather, it offered merely a biological explanation. That does nothing to help me figure out how my brain comes up with my dreams. Grr. I did find a few comments in the article that did pique my interest, however.
#1: “Interestingly, regions of the frontal cortex involved in thought and judgment while we are awake remain relatively calm throughout REM sleep, possibly accounting for the bizarre and illogical content of some dreams.”
(What a relief. So when something’s chasing me in my dream and I blast it with some imaginary weapon, it doesn’t indicate that I’m a violent person with an affinity for live target practice! *whew*)
The part of this article that creeped me out dealt with the second part of the question: “is there any way to capture” dreams:
#2: “Established techniques are not powerful enough to document dreams, but a newer method may enable a breakthrough. Recently neuroscientists have implanted single electrodes in the cortex to record the activity of single neurons believed to be associated with a single thought or image. One day such implanted electrodes might let us log and play back our thoughts and dreams.”
Granted, I’m no neuroscientist, but I’m also no android. I don’t know why someone would allow anybody, scientist or otherwise, to physically implant electrodes into their BRAINS, but I certainly will not be a possible candidate! That’s only the first thing that should scare the living daylights out of anybody reading this article.
The second thing that made me jump out of my chair when I read this was, by implanting these electrodes, they are able to record thoughts and images. WHAT?!?!?!?!? Why does this sound so much like a lobotomy? Or like Hitler experimenting on/torturing “unsavory” people in the most inhumane ways imaginable?
Why would ANYBODY want ANYONE to have the ability to record their thoughts?? Or voluntarily allow someone to stick foreign objects on their gray matter? I understand the appeal of being able to play back your dreams while conscious so they can be dissected and interpreted, but…maybe I watched too many science fiction movies as a kid, but the entire idea screams “BAD BAD BAD IDEA!” to this – my – brain of admittedly limited capacity.