nprakash at meded.com.uci.edu
Sun Aug 6 21:22:09 EST 1995
trace is not allowed to reach conscious memory for some reason. But this
places consciousness in a very unique position, from a neural point of view,
that seems difficult
to explain as to why it might have evolved, or what purpose such a conscious
blocking might serve.
this reminds me of a related idea.---
has anyone else noticed that if you are awoken suddenly from dreaming (ie
phone rings, cat jumps on you, etc.) that you seem to be aware of the full
dream before you were startled. whereas normally the consciousness of the
dream would not be experienced and/or remembered.
to better explain what i am trying to say, let me use this cheap metaphor---
it's almost like your brain anticipates being unexpectedly awakened, so
it turns on consciousness/memory of the dream before it is awakened.
i'm not trying to say i believe in telepathy or radio waves :-}. but
it seems that the is some sort of temporal discontinuity between
consciousness and memory formation.
is this making sense to anyone?
it's also interesting the way the startling event becomes incorporated
quite naturally into the storyline of the dream. for example i'll be
sound asleep for 4 hours, completely unconscious of what i am dreaming
with no memories of what i dreamt, say 2 hour ago or 10 minutes ago. now
i'm dreaming that i'm walking in the city. i'm looking for a bicycle.
someone tells me to go to the pier. so i walk into a bar along a dock,
then i hear the lighthouse bell ringing, but the incoming ship didn't see
the shore in time so it crashes into me. and i wake up to the phone
ringing with my cat just jumped on my chest.
so either the whole scene of looking for a bicycle and walking to the
pier took place very rapidly in "real" time--like between the first and
second ring of the phone. (but i doubt it, because the same kinds of
memories occur if only my cat jumped on me once) or dreams only
transiently occupy some sort of sensory buffer that normally isn't stored
to memory. then if we are awakened mid dream, somehow we consciously
experience what seems like several minutes in "dream" time retrogradely
at the moment we wake up.
anyone else have similar experiences?
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