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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If you saw the Christmas edition of Charlie Brooker's awesome Black Mirror [spoiler alert] you would have watched Jon Hamm mentally and emotionally torture an innocent woman living inside an egg. Ok, back up a bit. She wasn't really a woman. She just thought she was. One week earlier, Hamm's technical team implanted a 'cookie' into a real woman's eyeball. The cookie was an artifically intelligent computer chip. And over the next seven days it learned the personal preferences, thoughts and emotions of its female host. It even took on her life's memories.
Dream herbs are used to induce lucid dreaming, which, most accurately is described as an awareness that you are dreaming to the point that you can control dreams. But, on a more basic level, dream herbs also seem to be linked to increased dream recall or simply an awareness that you are dreaming even if you cannot control the dream. Today I'm going to summarize the best dream herbs for lucidity - as well as where to buy the seeds, how to grow and cultivate them, and what effects that have on your dreams.
My dream life is pretty intense. It always has been. And over the years I've categorized my dreams into five broad types. Here's how to identify the nature of your dreams and how you can turn any of them into lucid dreams. Studies reveal that the average person daydreams for a whopping 70-120 minutes of their waking day. Daydreaming is an important part of dream research. As with all types of dreams, you enter a kind of hypnotic trance and allow your unconscious thoughts to rise to the surface.
I'm half-asleep in bed, aware of fleeting dream images behind my closed eyelids. I start saying "I'm dreaming" in my head and shape the hypnagogia into a view across a lake. I place every detail in my mind's eye: the stillness of the water, the distant trees on the horizon, the twilight of the sky. I imagine my whole body in this space and it soon "pops" into existence and becomes a lucid dream. I cement my lucidity and breathe in the night air. It is beautiful. I must be somewhere in Scandinavia and this gives me the idea to summon the auroras.
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.
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?