The Human Mind

For many, lucid dreaming means exploring what it means to be conscious.

Are there different levels of consciousness we can experience in dreams? How does the brain make sense of this information? Who's in control of the experience?

Another philosophical point raised by lucid dreaming is this: if our dreams can be so realistic as so mimic real life, can we even trust our waking senses? How do we know what's real? Are we living in a dream world? How would we know?

This latest section aims to take apart our automatic assumptions of consciousness and reach more meaningful conclusions. Some of these are philosophical questions, and in no way do I attempt to give definitive conclusions, but to help you probe your own beliefs and evolve them for a better understanding of reality and the human mind.

What Is The Self?What Is The Self?

What is the self? Do I have a soul? Am I just a series of biological processes? Comparing bundle theory vs ego theory and their implications for the self.

Is Free Will an Illusion?Is Free Will an Illusion?

Is free will an illusion? On the surface, this seems like an odd question to ask. But when you break down the neurological processes, free will is nowhere to be found.

10 Animals with Self-Awareness10 Animals with Self-Awareness

The human mind is very special, but it's not unique in its capacity for self-awareness. Here are 10 animals with self-awareness, proved by the mirror test.

How to Meditate for Lucid DreamingHow to Meditate for Lucid Dreaming

Meditation means emptying the mind to achieve a focused state of awareness. With a few tweaks, it can be used to harness wake induced lucid dreams.

What Is Reality?What Is Reality?

Where do we draw the line between fantasy and reality? Is something real because I imagined it? What if we share the same delusion?

The Simulation ArgumentThe Simulation Argument

Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument is a probabilistic theory that states we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation created by future humans.

10 Animals with Self-AwarenessHow Consciousness is Created in The Brain

Scientists and philosophers have long scratched their heads over the origins of consciousness. But this new research strongly suggests we have an answer.

Did Near-Death Experiences Play a Role in Einstein's Theory of Relativity?Did a Near Death Experience Influence Einstein?

J Timothy Green highlights an intriguing link between Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity and the time-distorting Near Death Experience of his professor Albert Heim.

The Man Who Thinks He's DeadThe Man Who Thinks He's Dead

The story of Graham, a sufferer of Cotard's Syndrome, who woke up one day thinking he was he was dead... PET scans of his brain showed he wasn't far off.

Real Life ZombiesReal Life Zombies: Can Consciousness Be Controlled?

Thriving in tropical rainforests is a parasitic fungus that creates real life zombie insects. Can humans fall victim too? Can consciousness be controlled?

Synesthesia and DreamsSynesthesia and Dreams

A look at synesthesia - the ability to see music, taste words and touch time - and how this perceptual anomaly transfers to our dreams and lucid dreams.

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About The Author

About the author

Rebecca Turner is the founder and editor of World of Lucid Dreaming, where she offers valuable first-hand advice and tutorials. Learn more about her here and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and her Lucid Dreaming Forum.

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