I tend to have very vivid dreams. I recently dreamed that I hit a home run at Wrigley Field as a member of my favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, for example. But I also dreamed the clown from It came to haunt me at the top of every hour as I roamed a crowded casino.
Regardless of what you think of Inception’s ambiguous ending, if the film were released in 2017, it’s safe to assume that the final scene with the spinning top would have played out a bit differently—with a much, much more fitting and distracting reveal.
Astronauts have typically had a far more exciting life than most of us—but does that extend to the world of unconsciousness, too? This video explores the dreams of Britain’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman.
When you look for shapes in the clouds, you’ll often find things you see every day: Dogs, people, cars. It turns out that artificial “brains” do the same thing. Google calls this phenomenon “Inceptionism,” and it’s a shocking look into how advanced artificial neural networks really are.
I’ve watched horror movies and read scary stories since I was a child. Although a few scared me, I didn’t start having nightmares about “movie monsters” until I saw the film It Follows. So what made this movie enter my dreams when others didn’t?
The other day I woke up convinced that Gawker Media management sent out an email that never actually existed. The dream was so real I had to search my inbox just to be sure. Has this ever happened to you?
Researchers have attempted to categorize near-death experiences according to seven major themes.
Movies are already not real (and often ask you to suspend your disbelief) so when you see a character start dreaming in movies, well, you know things are about to get weird. Here's a supercut of those weird scenes from Dreamscience that features iconic dream sequences from movies like American Beauty, Inception, …
A recent study shows that medical students who had negative dreams about an exam the night before did better than those students who didn't. The results offer support for the Threat Simulation Theory, which suggests we dream as a way to prepare for real-life threats.
If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Some scientists have discovered that we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures to find out.
"Almost all other animals are clearly observed to partake in sleep, whether they are aquatic, aerial, or terrestrial," wrote Aristotle in his work On Sleep and Sleeplessness. But do other animals dream? On that the Greek philosopher also had an opinion.
Electrolux is known for its bold and sometimes ridiculous concepts, and the Swedish appliance manufacturer holds a contest every year to encourage young designers to submit their innovative/cockamamie ideas. And this year's finalists? Well, they're just as bonkers as you'd expect.
Imagine this: A towering 70-foot diesel-powered robot, equipped with a haptic control interface that lets a human operate the machine, as it uses hydraulic cylinders to juggle three 1800 lb. cars (specifically, Volkswagen Beetles) in the air before a rapt audience.
The weather is miserable through the entire Western Hemisphere—a constant avalanche of steel grey, with cold snow and rain piling up in a soup of frozen sludge that is taking everyone down. It's time to daydream in the face of this winter torment. Here are the perfect homes for your fantasy summer paradise.
In Dreams is an experimental documentary on a familiar subject: common recurring nightmares. But with a little animation, the dreamers are transformed into the very things they fear when they close their eyes.
Scientists have been investigating nightmares for over a century. Their work has resulted in some seriously bizarre findings, but nothing is more strange than the discovery of what people's most common nightmares are.
The study of dreaming is called oneirology, and it's a field of inquiry that spans neuroscience, psychology, and even literature. Still, the plain fact is that the reasons why we dream are still mysterious. But that hasn't stopped scientists from coming up with some pretty fascinating hypotheses. Here are ten of them.