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The Dream Frontier by Mark J. Blechner

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CHAPTER 21  
WHAT DREAMS CAN TELL US ABOUT THE BRAIN

 

The factual is already theory. The blue of the heavens reveals to us the chromatic law of optics. Only do not look behind the phenomena, they themselves are the doctrine.

Goethe, Wilhelm Meister

THE EMINENT DREAM researcher Allan Rechtschaffen once wryly observed that we seem to have learned a great deal about the biology of dreaming without really knowing what dreaming is the biology of (Rechtschaffen, 1964).1 This is a question worth taking seriously; studies of the biology of the brain, however important, need to be coordinated with studies of experiential psychology if they are to remain relevant to understanding human functioning. Rechtschaffen's comment leads us to ponder: ...

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