I’m in a state of mild anxiety; it’s really important that I get at the appropriate place in time. The familiar sight of the metal wired gate gives me a sense of relief. I arrive at the entrance hall of a big building. I have to pay attention, because it will only be a matter of time before someone will tell were the class is that I have to go to. My anxiety starts getting the best of me when I realise that the class has already begun, right here inside the entrance hall of the building. I’m trying to take notes to the best of my ability, but I can’t find my papers, in fact I seem to have lost my bag altogether. Maybe I should leave, but …how did I even get here…where is my car?
This realism of this dream (I had yesterday, that was probably in part the result of writing Connecting locations, anyone with ideas?) is only possible as long as I’m denied acces to multiple pieces of information, like:
- the history of my education;
- my current job;
- my age;
If dreaming has an evolutionary advantage (which I believe it has), than it goes without saying that whatever makes it possible to dream, like this restriction of information, is also evolutionary advantageous (and thus likely to be selected in the process of natural selection).
On the other side of the coin we (I certainly do) sometimes get acces to information in the dream state that appears to have been denied to us in our non dreaming state.
On both sides of the coin there appears to be a (perhaps evolutionary contrived) denial of acces to information inside our own brain. This leads to some very interesting questions:
- is there a way to hack whatever system is in control of this?
- how much denial could there be?
- is having a fotographic memory our default state and for most of us hidden by this control system?
Anyway, I would very much appreciate any input on this matter.