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Awakening the Dreamer by Philip M. Bromberg

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1 Introduction

When Reality Blinks

Are you going to tell menone of the stars are really there? Well some are there butsome burned outten thousand years ago.I don't believe that.How can you not believe it, it's a known fact. But I seethem. You see memories.Have we had this conversation before?

—Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red,1

In 1893, Freud published a memorial essay on Charcot, in which he recalled a verbal duel between them that Charcot won with a good-humored umored piece of repartee—a "one-liner." It was an incident that Freud held in his memory with seemingly great fondness even though Charcot had the last word. Freud cited it frequently throughout his career:

Charcot... never tired of defending the rights of purely clinical work, ...

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