This episode is a companion episode to my article The Future of Lucid Dreaming, in which I attempt to predict or envision the coming developments and advancements in the world of lucid dreaming.
- The Future of Lucid Dreaming Article
- Dream Yoga
- NovaDreamer & NovaDreamer2
- Lucid Dreaming through Electric Stimulation Study
- Personal EEGs: Neurosky, Emotiv, Muse and OpenBCI
- Could future devices read images from our brains? – TED Video
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- Episode 26 – Mike Lamberti - February 6, 2016
- Episode 25 – Dream Researcher Kelly Bulkeley - January 29, 2016
Finding this marvelous podcast series only now (as of July 2017) it’s a little bit funny to comment these episodes now, a year later! I’m well aware that lots may have happened since (in a form of new ideas, thoughts evolving and so on) yet I’m sure it is ok to contribute even this late, since the topic itself is timeless!
One thing that came to my mind after listening this ”Future of..” episode is, that I’d guess – and I certainly hope – that there’ll be one phase much before the “not so near future”, namely a phase in which the increasing number of people who are able to dream and sleep lucidly (and those who able to induce lucidity even before we get the first robust technological device) would use the skill for both artistic as well as intellectual endeavors: making new scientific discoveries and also various types of inventions in all different areas of life. Why not also new social innovations, new tools, pieces of code (for future killer apps), and so forth. And I do hope this would happen much earlier than the ’far future’ scenarios (when we’d perhaps be able to read and print contents directly from the brain and mind). A coach coming up with a new soccer strategy in a lucid dream and testing it then with the team – completely realistic, if you ask me!
(Yet who knows how much of the discoveries have already seen the daylight thanks to the discoverers’ night life i.e. potential lucidity… A new compositions, symphonies, songs and paintings, pieces of architecture and (material) design in general could be created while lucid, and thanks to the vividness of the dream scape and good memory of the dreamer, those creations can then be put to the ’paper’ once the person wakes up from the dream. Only imagination would be the limit, as we so well know, also in arts and crafts).
Daniel Love mentioned in episode 27 microbiology as one area in which people might experiment while lucid, and to my mind that brought immediately the potential to make scientific discoveries while lucid; imagine being a mitochondrion of a particular cell in the body and ’showing’ the dreamer how ’you’ function, or being a synapse of a neuron and letting the dreamer see which type of chemical combination you need to receive first to pass a signal through.. How fascinating this type of exploration would be in all areas of science! Especially in those areas in which progress is either stuck or otherwise slow..
I’d anticipate (in my dreams 😉 to see think tanks involving and hiring lucid dreamers and sleepers to resolve various problems and challenges in today’s societies. In international and national politics – why not also? Coming up with ideas how to stop ongoing wars and conflicts? It would be about the time!
Or there could be looser communities (not necessarily profiting companies) who out of genuine interest arrange brainstorming periods/sessions at night times (lucid dreamers of course in their own homes around the globe), with the shared aspiration and motivation solve a perhaps a certain specific energy problem or any type of a current conflict. These communities could then report feasible pieces of outcome openly to whoever is interested.
So certainly lucid dreaming could be used to help resolve (not only personal and interpersonal but perhaps also) problems of entire societies, if we’d just let our imagination and inventiveness loose and come up with structures for people to join (Off topic, but to speak about potentials of the mind I’d recommend everyone to read Kristine Barnett’s book The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism – after reading could someone please tell me how a small child can be skilled in theories of physics before receiving any education on those? Where does the talent manifesting in us, originate? Could we find _that_ out via lucid dreaming?)