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August 27, 2007


John Dougan

Yeah...isn't it great!?


Reminds me of an article Paul Graham wrote called "What you can't say" :


Reality Handbook

Hello Fellow Consciousness Explorer!!

I am pleased to stumble across your musings that are BOTH technically savvy AND open-minded about the possibility that our current theories might have gaping holes. I love the scientific method dearly in its pure form, yet the rigid dogma of Dawkins, Randi, and Dennett often give me the willies. In fact, even when new discoveries are made that bridge gaps in our knowledge, there's tremendous spin keeping people numb to the idea that the vanguard ever missed a beat:


(For the record: Hofstadter, Feynman and Sacks always seemed more wise and humane to me. They possess(ed) great reason and intuition, yet are less obviously comparable to the closed-minded figures of false authority from the religious past.)

My nightly experiences with lucid dreaming have become an obsession. Part of that fixation is driven from a very personal wound that the rationalist movement which once nurtured me has started viewing me as "obviously crazy and useless" instead of "reliable source of novel data":


I've arrived at this point after over a decade of dreams that steadily grew in solidity, awareness, and detail. Since you've started logging your dreams maybe it will lead (after a time) to comparable circumstances? You may be faced with the same questions I've been... saliently captured in The Matrix:

"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"

People like yourself give me hope that I might not be entirely alone. If ever you find these issues to be something you need to talk about and can't find a suitable place, please feel free to post a note on my journal or send an email.


P.S. to Sam: I *VERY* much enjoyed that article, thanks for the link!

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