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Dream Theorem 6

August 14, 2013

That the dream’s inner economy defies or at least challenges reductionistic explanations in terms of immanence and transcendence. Is this economy immanent, transcendent or something of both? It has been established in previous theorems that the dream is an immanent formation without a (transcendent) subject. Moreover, it has been remarked that the dream comes to imitate the lucid dreamer’s (or lucid dreaming subject’s) experience of observation or willing. This would seem to indicate the extent to which the dream, in virtue of its own resources and internal mechanisms, is capable of carrying out its own functions independently of any external entities or spheres that would come to encroach on it.

Yet this assertion is belied by two further observations about the dream. First, it has been stated that the dream imitates, replicates and assumes the form of the dreamer’s experience, whose waking life transcends and overflows the dream economy, incapable itself of this first subjective experience. Secondly, the introduction, incorporation and appropriation of waking world experiences as further materials for the dream exhibit this same dynamic: people, places, objects, recent experiences, memories, anticipations, etc. In short, if the dream internal economy is sufficient unto itself insofar as the dream-logic is concerned, it cannot wholly subsume these external sources nor does it act as a principle for all that is to be found within. In sum, a principle sufficient in itself but not the principle for all within.

As per Experiments XVIII, XXV, XXXIII, XXXIV, XL, XLVI, LIII, LX, LXVII, LXXII, LXXVII, LXXXVI and XCII.

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