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(Science Daily)   Researchers uncover that dreaming is still possible when the mind is completely blank, explaining the strange twitching movements sometimes observed in US Congressmen   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, self-abuse, REM sleep  
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2013-09-12 12:18:18 PM  
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2013-09-12 12:24:43 PM  
The researchers got it wrong. Dreams are impressions transmitted via the silver cord during astral travel.
2013-09-12 12:48:58 PM  
I thought that was just them playing poker on their phones.

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2013-09-12 12:56:50 PM  
Strange...I have read somewhere before that the mind cannot make up new faces in dreams. Every face in a dream is one you have seen somewhere else before.
2013-09-12 01:28:48 PM  
People with no internal drive who mention that they do not have thoughts do not have a "blank" mind per se. I'm sure there is activity going on, just not on a conscious level.

I went to read the article expecting something with coma patients or something like that. Or brain scans that didn't show heightened activity still producing dreams. Not "People say they aren't thinking of anything yet they can still dream!" At least mention brain scans, check if those people without any (conscious) thinking are actually not thinking. And compare those scans to scans made dyring REM sleep.

/Researcher, I am disappoint
2013-09-12 02:10:24 PM  
My CAT probably has more deep thoughts and dreams than some members of Congress. Just last night, I observed him twitching his whiskers, ears, and paws as if he were hunting, all while sacked out on back of the couch. He's probably a Rhodes scholar compared to some of the critters that 'represent' us.
2013-09-12 02:43:32 PM  
Terry Schaivo would like a word.
2013-09-12 03:51:42 PM  
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Ask them how they feel about socks
2013-09-12 05:25:06 PM  
That was much more interesting than I expected...

The bottom-up theory of dreaming is a bit sad, though. I'd like to believe that our minds are furiously working away at all the problems that flumoxed us through the day, but in reality the images/ideas/thoughts are operating more like a mad-lib style fill in the blanks.
2013-09-12 05:38:03 PM  
Can't top Subby's lede.

Will Rogers - "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."
2013-09-12 07:33:12 PM  
* golf clap *

Subby wins the interwebs.
2013-09-13 12:45:18 AM  

Katolu: Terry Schaivo would like a word.

If it could be shown that people who are brain-dead can still dream, then cutting life support would be a huge ethical quandary.  Yikes.
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