Recently read about David Eaglemans theory that dreams are just the visual cortex defending its territory when all its inputs are off for the night (ie staying active to prevent neighboring regions from poaching neurons) - https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.07.24.219089v1
Here too they seem to be dealing with the visual parts.
Kinda sad that only 18% of participants could respond. Who knows, maybe you could have whole groups of people entering one anothers dreams.. Would be great for interrogations, setting up archetypal areas like airport checkpoints to gain access to the identification part of someones subconscious. Might be less tinfoil than you think.
Even in later years when I researched lucid dreaming and remote viewing, I never actually got around to getting and reading it - anyone else able to save me the trouble and let me know if it is worth the time?
Intelligent people were having intelligent debates.
Your comment — and the one to which it responds — is cringeworthy.
Here’s a previous HN thread on the topic: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4047370, and the main subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/LucidDreaming.
Here is my question: do you find that you're actually rested when you lucid dream? I always found myself exhausted, so I stopped trying, and in my case the skill has atrophied. But I'm not sure if that was only due to my technique and if it would have improved in time.
Let’s not overstate the findings here.
Do we want people to have more lucid dreams? I personally think it's an experience everyone should have at least once, as it gives you an appreciation for the brain's ability to construct reality out of nothing, but I also think it's an addictive activity that disrupts sleep without many other benefits.
Have a good read from ‘When Brains Dream’ (Zadra & Stickgold 2021)
I don't really believe that mind you, but it's fun to think about.
One of them was embedding LEDs in a sleep mask. When their waves showed they were in REM sleep, the experimenters would flash the LEDs as a prompt to the dreamer to interact. They would respond either with a prepared eye left/right pattern or by clenching their fist. I don't recall asking them to do higher level thinking, such as simple subtraction problems, though.
I've successfully done this in my own lucid dreaming sessions. Solving math problems, composing poetry and music, conversing with people while in between. Maybe I should reach out...
I've practiced lucid dreaming for over a decade and I've developed a few tricks over the years. I need to get serious about developing things further and finding studies to participate in.