What Are Dreams? A comprehensive survey
Saturday, March 21, 10:00AM-1:00PM
The Dream Institute of Northern California, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, 510-845-1767
REM dreaming: is it a 140-million-year-old evolutionary survival function in all mammals? Is it a third state, distinct from waking and sleeping, in which neural development, memory storage, and retrieval take place? Is the dream state a portal via which ancestors can visit and transcendent experiences occur? Do dreams predict accidents and illness, solve problems, repeat trauma, provide information about others, reflect global challenges? Yes, dreams are all of these, and more.
This program will survey the dozen or so types of dreams and functions of dreaming that have been empirically substantiated. It will give you an up-to-date view of this mysterious universal human phenomenon, drawing on neuroscience, clinical studies, evolutionary psychology, and the anthropology of altered states. You will come away understanding that in order to arrive at a dream’s possible meanings, the fundamental question, “What kind of dream is it” must be posed.
Taught by Meredith Sabini, PhD, licensed psychologist and director of The Dream Institute.