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Postby EmmVeePee » Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:00 am

mithrilhack wrote:I think that 10% statistic is a myth.


Heh. Its a myth alright.

It was used by "psychics", hypnotists, etc. to exploit people.

http://www.snopes.com
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Postby Dr.Stein » Sat Aug 13, 2005 9:02 am

mithrilhack wrote:I think that 10% statistic is a myth.

Absolutely :)
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Postby Vada » Sat Aug 13, 2005 1:52 pm

And how do they know that we only use the 10% of it..?

Are dreams affected by physical condition..? I mean, when we are a lil bit unhealthy, does this affect our dreams?
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Aug 13, 2005 8:44 pm

Really? I know that thing with 10% from a teacher(bot my teacher, another high-school teacher). I really though it was real... But since everyone seems to disagree, i bow down to the majority :D
I really need to learn not to trust teachers, they are nothing but trouble.. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
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Postby mith » Sat Aug 13, 2005 10:09 pm

If you've ever seen brain scans of neural activity you'll see that sometimes the whole brain would light up in response to stimulus...such as cocaine.

http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/1998 ... 20998.html

We did not evolve such energy costly organs simply to use 10% :D.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:47 am

MrMistery wrote:I really need to learn not to trust teachers, they are nothing but trouble.. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

Aaaaaaarrrgggghhh Grrrrrrr :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:54 pm

Present company excluded of course, Dr.Stein. I was reffering to the teachers in my country.

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Actually, if i look over everything i know about the nervous system, it is logical that we use all our brain(just think at cortex projection areas-all 54 of them :D )I just never wondered....
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Re: Controlling dreams

Postby Harry » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:14 pm

I can control my dreams. I can freeze my dream and re-arrange it as i see fit. Have you ever had those dreams where you want to scream but can't, want to move but can't?
Netherless to say those dreams are a thing of the past for me but i noticed the persistance to catch me off guard.
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Postby AstusAleator » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:52 pm

I can sometimes change a dream, but in doing so I feel it loses it's authenticity and I lose whatever feeling I was getting from it. I usually wake up soon after trying to "edit" a dream too.

An interesting little tidbit: Artemesia (wormwood, sagebrush, mugwort) species have a compound that is purported to aid in lucid dreaming. Some people smoke it, some people drink it (absynth), and some people merely put the leaves in their pillows.
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Postby biohazard » Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:01 am

I watched the movie Aliens when I was a kiddo, and (though it's still my all-time favourite movie) after that I had recurring nightmares of aliens and all kinds of other nasty things chasing me around and trying to kill me. Eventually I somehow learnt to "recognize" that it was such a dream again, and that I wasn't in actual danger. And even nowadays, after recognizing that it's just a dream, I can control the dream somewhat: I can rarely end dreaming or completely change the dream, but I can give myself some superhuman abilites which help me to beat the alien ass, or other times I just give myself the ability to fly, and then just flee the scene soaring like an eagle! This isn't foolproof, though :( Often when I give me guns, the bullets don't work too well and I don't get the monsters killed. Or sometimes when I fly, it becomes desperate gliding barely off the ground and trouble gaining altitude. Talk about soaring and eagles then... Boy, am I weird or what? :P

Of course, at some point, I realised that instead of gunning down the aliens or beating them with my fists, I could just dream about naked girls! Much more fun, even though an occasional action-packed, movie-like dream is great fun as well.

Also, (this mainly happens close to the morning), I sometimes wake up in the middle of a dream, and if I just keep thinking about that dream, I fall back to sleep and continue where I was. The trick is, however, that when briefly awake I can again change something in that dream - like all the chicks suddenly wear a lot less clothes or something else fun.

There are a few more examples of how I can control my dreams (sometimes & to a certain degree), but I think I already managed to make myself sound freaky enough ;)
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Postby stopherlogic » Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:43 am

Apologies for the source but this made me chuckle.


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