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Dream Theorem 8

October 27, 2013

That the dream logic adapts itself over time to fit better the dreamer’s own logic. This adaptation of dream logic to dreamer’s logic is most evident in those dreams where the semi-lucid, observational preoccupation of the dreamer are to be witnessed in the desire to record in fragments or experiments that which unfolds before him in the dream. The experiential distance that this would-be observation within the dream implies proves to be of an ambiguous sort. Is the consciousness of the dreamer truly separating itself from that larger consciousness which envelops it and holding the latter at bay such that it might attain an independent function in-dream? Or is this the dream’s attempt to placate the flickering awareness of the dreamer’s waking mind, giving it such material so that it might be satisfied and pursue no further the conscious, observational function of lucid dreaming no? In other words, to whom is the power in-dream to be ascribed on this view? To dreamer or dream? It is known that the dream logic carries with it a certain plasticity, precisely the sort that renders  the feeling of familiarity or distance in dreams suspect, for the sensation that dream-subject remembers the contents of this dream or one linked with it by in-dream memory might well be the dream’s own production. False memories for sleeping consciousness.

As per Theorem 6 and Experiments XLVI, LIII, LXVII, LXXVII, LXXXIII and XCVI.

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