Friday, February 27, 2009

Our Best Guess: They're Immature And Stupid

"Most people dream enthusiastically at night, their dreams seemingly occupying hours, even though most last only a few minutes. Most people also read great meaning into their nocturnal visions. In fact, according to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the vast majority of people in three very different countries — India, South Korea and the United States — believe that their dreams reveal meaningful hidden truths.

According to the study, 74% of Indians, 65% of South Koreans and 56% of Americans hold an old-fashioned Freudian view of dreams: that they are portals into the unconscious.

But after so many years of brain research showing that most of our everyday cognitions result from a complex but observable interaction of proteins and neurons and other mostly uncontrolled cellular activity, how can so many otherwise rational people think dreams should be taken seriously?"

-- John Cloud (great name for this story) knocking down another HUGE plank of NewAge silliness (the so-called importance of dreams) in TIME Magazine.

The article helpfully adds:

"Brain activity isn't mystical but — for the most part — highly predictable."

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