Dreams . . . and Things . . . Part II
'Lo again, Fred.
I've read the last entry and find that I do still agree with the main points that I was trying to make. It would appear, therefore, that I was at least
lucid at the time I wrote it. This fixes the whole circular logic problem. As mentioned in the previous entry, this does not imply the complete lack of flaws in my logic; it simply corrects the possibility of that particular circular flaw.
Now, with that said, let me get back to the main point. How much does the dream
reveal about a person
? (Notice the fine italics, eh? The wonders of Html code . . . what a pain.) Once again, I'm using my special definitions both of the word dream
and the word person
. And, once again, I'm proposing that it doesn't reveal very much.
Here's the logic behind this idea. First, the main
part of a person is this concept of the mind
. Not the brain
. Second, dreams (these falling into the first category of dreams--or, simply dreams--and not the second,
unnamed category) are mainly the effect of the brain
unwinding, sorting, and reviewing, etc. the information gathered since the last sleep cycle. This is not to say that the mind
does not influence the brain
, simply that it does not have a
Ah, so this brings us to the next question. How can I possibly say that the mind (yeah, yeah, time to quit using italics
) has such little influence over the brain at the times of these dreams? Well, I cannot assert this with any certainty. I currently have no evidence that would support such a claim, and I do not
foresee ever having such evidence.
This of course leave's the initial question unanswered. "How much
does a dream reveal about a person? I have to assume that some is revealed, if for no other reason than the fact that we recognize elements of the dream. We often recognize people, places, or emotions, etc. that come from our past experience.
Now, if you weren't aware that this entry is in my "Random Thoughts and Vague References" section of my site, then you might question why I would even bring up this question, if I had no way of actually answering it. Well, guess what. Random
thoughts. I have no obligation to explain myself.
But, I will. I had this dream not too long ago. In this dream, I was being blamed for something for which, in my waking moments, I know I'm not responsible. I was also accepting this blame, in my dream. Part of my sub-conscience still blames me for this occurrence. But I
know that I'm not to blame. The part that is
knows that I
am not to blame. Therefore, while this dream reveals information about . . . well about my fears, really, it doesn't say anything about me
That's my main point. A dream
can reveal things about a person's fears
. that the person
is able to overcome or repress. But, because these are part of the limitations of the flesh, part of the brain and not the mind, then the dream will reveal very little about that mind, about that person.
Well, there we have it. My skewed logic. If you have any comments, feel free to post them,
as always. 'Til next time.
Posted by woodjeff
at 9:33 PM MST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 October 2003 9:47 PM MST