Explore the scientific explanations of sleep and dream related paranormal activity - including astral projection, precognitive dreams, and living in a simulated reality...
Out of body experiences (OBEs) involve the vivid sensation of moving outside your physical body. But are they for real or a type of lucid dream?
Astral projection is a spiritual theory of the out of body experience. But is astral projection for real or could it be a form of lucid dreaming?
New dream research shows these hallucinogenic nightmares may stem from sleep paralysis. Here's how you can transform such episodes into lucid dreams.
Are precognitive dreams real or can they be explained by coincidence? Learn about about some of the most famous "psychic dreams" and their scientific explanations.
Mutual dreaming is the claim that two or more people can literally share the same dream. Can lucid dreamers co-ordinate shared dreams - or is it all wishful thinking?
Inception had it sorted. But is there any basis dream telepathy in reality? Check out the experiments to date and how lucid dreamers can join in the study.
My top 10 unexplained mysteries of the world - from OBEs to aliens, from Bigfoot to Stone Henge - and how scientific discovery may help explain them.
What will happen in 2012? Find out the truth behind Planet X, the Mayan Prophecy, planetary alignments, solar storms and polar shifts. (*Update Jan 2013 - it's all good! As predicted.)
Every night throughout the world hundreds of people dream about this face. What about you..?
What is the suubstance DMT and its role in human consciousness? A look at the bizarre psychedelic drug known as The Spirit Molecule and the Rick Strassman experiments.
What is hypnagogia? Learn how to induce the hypnagogic state to have lucid dreams and apparent out of body experiences.
In Paranormality: Why We See What Isn't There, Professor Richard Wiseman uses his knowledge of psychology and stage show magic to debunk paranormal myths.
Lucid dreamer and mentalist Daniel Love explains the importance of a critical mind - and why conformity hinders our individual journey of lucid dreaming.
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For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have been working on waking up in their dreams, so that they can "wake up" at the moment of their death. They also believe that whatever cultural assumptions you have during life will become true upon death. Can lucid dreaming prepare us for the dying process? What might happen at the actual moment of death? Why are we scared of death and how might bodiless lucid experiences help to reduce our fear? In this interview, Dr Clare Johnson and Dr Keith Hearne dive into the lucid void, Tibetan Buddhism, and lucid dreaming as an emotional and spiritual preparation for death.
Does this face look familiar? It should. This is the result of image averaging - a technique in which multiple headshots are averaged out into a single face. In this case, our composite guy was generated by psychology student and photography enthusiast, Bill Lytton. Lytton averaged out 32 attractive male celebrity faces. To avoid personal bias, he referred to Maxim's Hot 100 and other opinion polls. He also averaged out a bunch of unattractive male faces for comparison.
It's a myth that you could exhaust yourself having a great big run in a lucid dream. After all, your real muscles are paralyzed during sleep. Your body isn't really running or burning up energy. So why would you feel depleted? So, in terms of physical energy depletion, there's really no logic to this argument. But what about dreams being mentally or emotionally tiring? The best way to test this is to survey lucid dreamers themselves. Go ahead, take our poll. My intuitive response is no - and that's based on my 17 years of personal experience. Lucid dreams aren't tiring for me at all.
Experts agree that everyone is capable of having lucid dreams. Dreaming itself is a normal function of the mind. We all dream every night, even if we don't remember. And we all achieve conscious awareness while awake every single day. So what does it mean to combine these states? Why, the amazing ability to have conscious - or lucid - dreams. Sounds simple, doesn't it? So why do I keep hearing from people who say they can't achieve their first lucid dream?