Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Big dreams are rare but highly memorable dream experiences that make a strong and lasting impact on the dreamer s waking awareness Moving far beyond I forgot to study and the finals are today and other common scenarios, such dreams can include vivid imagery, intense emotions, fantastic characters, and an uncanny sense of being connected to forces beyond one s ordinary dBig dreams are rare but highly memorable dream experiences that make a strong and lasting impact on the dreamer s waking awareness Moving far beyond I forgot to study and the finals are today and other common scenarios, such dreams can include vivid imagery, intense emotions, fantastic characters, and an uncanny sense of being connected to forces beyond one s ordinary dreaming mind In Big Dreams, Kelly Bulkeley provides the first full scale cognitive scientific analysis of such dreams, putting forth an original theory about their formation, function, and meaning.Big dreams have played significant roles in religious and cultural history, but because of their infrequent occurrence and fantastical features, they have rarely been studied in light of modern science We know a great deal about the religious manifestations of big dreams throughout history and around the world, but until now that cross cultural knowledge has never been integrated with scientific research on their psychological roots in the brain mind system In Big Dreams, Bulkeley puts a classic psychological thesis to the scientific test by clarifying and improving it with better data, sharper analysis, and a broader evolutionary framework He brings evidence from multiple sources, shows patterns of similarity and difference, questions prior assumptions, and provides predictive models that can be applied to new sets of data The notion of a connection between dreaming and religion has always been intuitively compelling Big Dreams transforms it into a solid premise of religious studies and brain mind science.Combining evidence from religious studies, psychology, anthropology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience, Big Dreams makes a compelling argument that big dreams are a primal wellspring of religious experience They represent an innate, neurologically hard wired capacity of our species that regularly provokes greater self awareness, creativity, and insight into the existential challenges and spiritual potentials of human life.
Big Dreams The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion Big dreams are rare but highly memorable dream experiences that make a strong and lasting impact on the dreamer s waking awareness Moving far beyond I forgot to study and the finals are today and othe

  • Title: Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion
  • Author: Kelly Bulkeley
  • ISBN: 9780199351534
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Can dreams have a meaning and purpose beyond that of our brains taking the garbage out each night? In this book, Kelly Bulkeley makes the case that the content of dreams is a worthy subject for scientific study. It is not necessarily easy to study something so personal and subjective, but with a combination of EEGs and fMRIs etc which can give us insight into which parts of the brain are active during particular kinds of dreams, and dream databases, which gather descriptions of dreams from a wid [...]

    2. As a typical American (albeit my heritage is 98% eastern European!), I’m mostly down to earth and practical. But I’m also a fantasy author with a background in pastoral ministry, so a book that promised to combine three things I’m interested in—science, dreams, and religion—proved irresistible. Also difficult. The author uses the precise—and lengthy—language of a good scientist, but which is sometimes hard for the layperson to wade through. It took me longer to read this book than [...]

    3. Read the full review on mindfunda/black-swan/What I like about this book is that it is very easy to read. Even though the subject matter that Bulkeley discusses is very scientific, he has the ability to talk about complex issues with ease and knowledge.If you are a book lover like me, this book will give you so much titles of books that will go on your list for further study.This is a wonderful oversight about contemporary knowledge of the science of dreaming, with religion as specific interest. [...]

    4. Overall an interesting book, but not what I was hoping for. Bulkeley explores dreaming through a cognitive science lens, but the book focuses more on CSR explanations for different types of dreams and the science behind dreaming than what I had hoped I would be reading -- how dreaming impacted the origins of religion.

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