The Cephalopod Matrix Has You

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  1. Tiffany V says:

    This is awesome. I haven't read your blog for a few years because I pretty much stopped using LJ. But I decided to take a look at it today out of the blue, and I had a lucid dream a few months ago. If I walked by this thing every day, it would make it a lot easier to invoke a lucid dream. Check out this RadioLab podcast about this subject, if you haven't already.

    • James says:

      Asking the internet how to have lucid dreams produces too much woo. Why do you think this would help? I'm inclined to agree that it might, but I think the lists of things which do and do not help cause lucid dreaming needs some kind of a blinded test.

      • Tiffany V says:

        I think it works because I actually tried it. What I did was just simply look down at my hand about once an hour for a few days, just looked at it an examined that everything was normal. After a couple days of this, I carried this behavior into my dreams. So in my dream I looked down at my hand and it looked misshappen, as if it was underwater. At that point I realized I was dreaming, and that I could start to control my dream. I agree that it does sound very woo-ish. But of course, there is nothing supernatural about it. It's really just a method to trick your brain into becoming aware that you're dreaming. Check out that podcast that I linked. They go into a few methods for doing this.

      • Steen says:

        Agreed that there is too much woo on this, but the 'look at your hands' routine seems to be the most cited technique, even in non-internet resources, so presumably it has some amount more at least potential validity. I remember reading about it in a thing called a book, back in the dark ages before the googles.