Why Do We Believe Dreams Are So Real While We're Dreaming?

August 9, 2014 2:54 PM

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Why Do We Believe Dreams Are So Real While We're Dreaming?

"Mark's" late grandfather is a goldfish. Mark and the goldfish are playing chess. As Mark prepares his checkmate move, a hammerhead shark knocks over the chessboard and demands the $13 that Mark owes him. Mark's late grandfather flops off the table and into the fishbowl by a plaid couch. Mark pulls money from his shoe and counts out two fives and three ones; but before he can hand the bills to the shark -- who is now sitting on the couch smoking a cigarette -- his grand(fish)father leaps out of the fishbowl and eats the money.

Like Mark, when we dream, we accept and often do not question the bizarre and implausible happenings within our nightly narratives. But why do we -- and Mark -- accept this? If we press Mark a bit on the details of the dream, he may be able to remember and describe his logical chess moves and the mo...

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