Lucid dreams, the First Virtual reality

Essay by Sal1University, Bachelor'sA+, February 1997

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For ages people have thought of dreams as curses or blessings that we could not prevent

nor manipulate. This "place" called our dreams has constantly puzzled us, because it is here

where all things are possible and seem to occur. In our dreams we perform superhuman and

wonderful feats that would normally be impossible in the "awake world". We find the men or

women of our dreams, depending on our sexual orientation. While we dream, these wonderful

things become our temporary reality. Yet sometimes while dreaming we may experience the most

horrifying events imaginable, called nightmares. Everyone has their own version of horror, my

most terrifying nightmare has been where my family and friends have been taken control of by

evil monsters that cannot be stopped. Rather than kill me they make me watch old 1970's

television shows over and over. For years, men have thought that there should be a way of

preventing or controlling these nightly events.

Humans must, like any animal, sleep. We do not fully understand why we must sleep. We

only know that if we are deprived of sleep long enough that we will most certainly die. The same

is true for dreams and dreaming(1). If we sleep long enough we will reach an advanced stage of

sleep where our body begins to experience rapid eye movement (REM). It is during this REM

period that we experience most of our dreams. Many scientists try to speculate the reasons for

dreaming through biological our psychological means. This proves to be very frustrating for

someone trying to find empirical meaning and truth about his or her dreams.

There are countless books written about dreams with just as many different

interpretations and meanings for specific dream references. For psychics, astrologists, or

psychologists who attempt to interpret dreams, there...