With the almost endless discoveries that are announced on a daily basis, you would think that scientists would have discovered why we dream, though it seems that we are no closer to understanding that than we were twenty years ago.
The problem for sleep researchers is that unlike most other human functions, dreams do not exist in the real world, they exist in their own abstracted plane, meaning that they are almost immune to the scientific methods honed and refined over the past several centuries.
This means that unlike other aspects of human physiology, dreams cannot be dissected, retro engineered or observed. It is like studying something that is inside a box without being allowed to open the box. They can only study the external realities of dreams, the body and brain’s reactions to this state, rather than the state itself.
The other major problem is that because dreams are illogical, random and chaotic, they do not follow any set path or predictable pattern, meaning that there is no generally applicable format that can be assigned. Different people dream differently and the same person can have different types of dreams over their lives and even in a night.
Dreams are the last frontier.
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