Incept Yourself With Lucid Dreaming Goggles

Lucid dreaming is when you're dreaming, but you're aware of it. Theoretically, you could get to a point where you can control you the dream. It's a tricky process, but to help it along, Will Finucane built a pair of lucidity-inducing goggles.

He rigged a pair of LEDs to a circuit, and programmed them to blink two hours after he had fallen asleep. By this point he would be in REM state, so he'd be (hopefully) dreaming. The little lights would flash, but only light enough to bring him to awareness, in order to consciously manipulate the world he had created in his head, rather than to rouse him.

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Though they're not supposed to wake you, it might be difficult to go to sleep in the first place wearing giant, obstructive eyewear. Plus, if you're a light sleeper, even very dim lights might cause you to stir. But if you're curious, you can try it yourself. Finucane posted a how-to online. It's like self-inception! [Mad Science via Hackaday via Geekosystem]

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A few years ago, when I didn't have to get up early, I had lucid dreams in the morning hours almost everyday. It was fun to have some control over my dreams and at some point, I decided the logical thing to do was to teach myself to fly. So, over the next few months, anytime I realized I was dreaming I would try to at least leave the ground in some way. At first, all I could do was float around indoors for a brief amount of time. It took a lot of effort, too. It was as if my brain purposely was trying to prevent me from achieving flight and I often woke up or switched to a different dream locale. Over time, though, fighting dream gravity became easier and I started to be able to fly in more open areas. Finally, the pinnacle of my experiment came one night when I was able to zoom through an entire city, Superman style. I had speed. I had amazing views. I was invincible. It was awesome. I now have a theory that the reason it took so long to teach myself was that my brain had to learn the "dream physics" of how to represent my visual surroundings accurately. Flying at high speeds in an outdoor environment, with lots of visual cues and points of reference, just took more graphical brain power. Sadly, now that I get up early for work, my Lucid dreams come less often, or perhaps I just don't remember them. And when they do.... you know... sex is also fun.