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Where do our dreams come from, why do we have them, and what do they mean? Can we harness them to foster creativity, solve problems, and prepare for the future? What’s happening in the brains of so-called lucid dreamers, and can new developments in this cutting-edge field of research help us unlock the mystery of consciousness itself? Researchers Deirdre Barrett, Ken Paller, and Antonio Zadra join Brian Greene for a discussion about the mystery and power of dreams and where our minds go after midnight.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.

Footage of the Ken Paller dream study from NOVA Online: Dream Hacking,, ©2021 WGBH Educational Foundation.

Deirdre Barrett, Psychologist
Ken Paller, Neuroscientist
Antonio Zadra, Psychologist

Brian Greene – moderator

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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst Great content about dreams. Why do we dream, what are they, what's its use, why there are lucid dreamers among us, how is this related to consciousness itself? Sleep seems to flush our brain from any "rubbish" accumulated during our daily life. But dreams have been for a long time a mystery, and have been and are interpreted from religion to psychology with many "solutions". But why do we have those nightmares or profound nice dreams which lift our hearts? Are we just connecting with our Multiverse twins? Are they just a virtual reality playground of the mind? What is true is that Science is working more than ever in this experience, its origin, its use and its connection to conscience and the ego. A long podcast but worthy of every minute. Dream well!