WHAT ARE DREAMS?
Despite the advances in neuroscience, brain science, cognitive psychology, etc., dreams and dream activity remain almost as elusive as ever. We know some things about them, but not many. We are aware of their seeming neurological makeup, and we are edging closer to their mapping, but to what avail? It is akin to locating parts of the brain that light up and activate when you feel excitement derived from love, for example. But how do we explain (or pinpoint) what love is? Is there a gene for "love" like there is a gene for, say, eye color?
While natural sciences explore the causes and natures of dreams, social sciences wrestle with their meanings and effects. Social sciences have their work cut out for them as well, considering that each dreamer is different from the next. How do we know any two of us dream alike in the same way that any two of us love alike? We can aggregate and report robust data related to our respective dreams and dream activity, which is an important first step of course, but we would be hard pressed to draw solid conclusions, or even to lean on reliable trends, that were not caveated with variables almost as limitless as the human imagination.
This by no means should derail us from exploring dreams. Quite the contrary. Dreams are integral to the human experience, and therefore should be recognized as such, even if our understanding of them is limited. Exploring our dreams can only benefit us, regardless of whether or not we're certain of how they might.
We invite you to join us in our exploration. All are welcome.