Monday, December 18, 2006

Dreams

There is not much inside my keyboard this morning. I turned it upside-down and tapped on it to see if anything would come out, just a couple of specs of dust. No jobs. It’s the last week before Christmas so I don’t expect anything to drop in my lap. I must write about something, so let’s start with my dreams.

The dream I had last night was particularly disturbing. In my dream, my dog escaped from me, leash dangling behind. A short while later, the dog returned, pulling something that got snagged in the leash, a little red wagon which carried a small child just old enough to sit up, and a cat with four kittens that were about a day old. The neighborhood was empty and the consequences of my being in possession of some stranger’s child cascaded in my head. Who would believe that my dog brought the baby home?

Dreams can be a good source for fictional stories, but my research has led me to theorize that dreams are the products of emotions which are created by the brain’s need to evacuate excess neurotransmitter chemicals. In waking life, the outside world shows us things to which we react. We see things, we feel emotions, and then we react to the situation.

The emotions we feel when we see things are so subtle that most of the time we don’t have to think about it. They become subtle because we get used to seeing and reacting to the same things in the same way, day in and day out.

Certain situations occur in our lives where we go for a long period of time without feeling a certain emotion. This happens all the time, but our brains have become used to exercising that particular node on a regular basis, and produces the necessary chemicals needed for that node’s function. When that node is inactive, excess chemicals build up that can only be safely eliminated when we sleep.

The neuro-connections to our arms and legs are stifled when we sleep for a good reason. We would thrash around wildly as our brains eliminated the excess buildup of transmitter chemicals related to physical exercise and fitness. Some people are unable to temporarily sever this connection and they sleepwalk, or thrash around in their sleep. Endless sleep studies have documented this on video.

This phenomenon also occurs with our emotional centers, and we then remember our dreams the next morning. When our normal routines become predictable over time, we begin to feel that our dreams predict the future. But, what our dreams are really predicting is someone else’s routine behavior that we forgot before.

One day I head someone proclaim in amazement “I hadn’t heard from her in a long time, I was just thinking about her and just then she called!” The long time turned out to be exactly a year, and the reason she called was because it was her birthday, and she calls at exactly the same time of day each year.

Our brains are reminding us of routine events in subtle ways that we either ignore altogether, or ascribe to some mystical deity. Theologians have known about this since Emperor Constantine. This is the big secret of the Illuminati. Once they recognized just how predictable people were, and recognized that dreams were reminders, they compared the behavior of the public to that of their giant stone astronomical observatories, and eureka, people are as predictable as the stars and thus subject to manipulation and subjugation through mysticism!
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