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A Canadian
12-03-02, 03:48 AM
I heard somewhere that only a few poeple dream in color and others in black in white.
i myself have had only one black and white dream that im aware of.
i also once had a VERY vivid and colorful dream inwhich many differnt paterns of light, of shapes, sizes, brightness.... where dancing in the skys and flying thought the skys shoot differnt forms of light (it was a dream inwhich aliens where destorying earth, i saw no alien ships or ETs, just a REALLY cool light show)

So do you dream in color or black & white?

what about 2d & 3d.... i have no comment about the demesions of dreams, so ill throw the floor to your guys.

Adam
12-03-02, 03:54 AM
In psych they taught us that most people dream in black and white, but I dream in colour, and most people I have asked also dream in colour.

A Canadian
12-03-02, 10:31 AM
do poeple dream with sound as well?


what about touch and smell?

moonman
12-03-02, 03:43 PM
I myself often dream in very vivid colour.
I haven't had a single dream in black and white that I know of.

I often experience touch aswell.

There have been dreams where I've heard beautifull music that I've never heard before just to wake up and forget it all and be left with the memory that I've just experinced somthing amazing..

I wish I could somehow tap into that part of my mind where that music resides.

Oh well, i probably just need to hit my head realy hard.

Othersider
12-03-02, 04:06 PM
I always dream in color. Even when I'm in the 3rd person, I usually taste. I can't feel things very much though. It's really hard for me to think about this, though, because most of my dreams are obscure once I've woken up. Even right after I wake up I can't remember must of my dream.

Crunchy Cat
12-04-02, 01:45 AM
Got all the senses too.

Mr. G
12-04-02, 01:37 PM
I, too, dream in color--except when I'm dreaming it's nighttime--and in accelerated time.

moonman
12-04-02, 03:22 PM
It looks to me as if most people do dream in color. Or perhaps only the few people who think about their dreams do.
Maybe we just add color to the shatterd memories we have of our dreams?

Bebelina
12-04-02, 09:27 PM
I remember when I was a kid at schoold and the teacher told us that everybody dreams in blck and white. ALL the kids protested, the thought of dreaming in black and white was absurd, and still is. Where have they gotten this from anyway? Whatever it is, it's not a relaible method...at all.

Crunchy Cat
12-04-02, 10:11 PM
It's probably just an old wives tale that got out of control. A
good example of the power of belief vs. fact.

NightFall
12-04-02, 10:20 PM
woooaaahh...
there was a thread with this same title in the last forum i was in... about a year ago.. only it was "do you dream in colour?"... wow... thats.. odd-ish..

but yes.. full color here.. widescreen ;)

lixluke
12-04-02, 10:20 PM
i dream color

NightFall
12-04-02, 10:26 PM
90% 3rd person. even the lucid dreams.

kmguru
12-05-02, 12:38 AM
Full spectrum...including erotic feelings/ activity.

Gil_W
12-05-02, 04:13 AM
Originally posted by A Canadian
do poeple dream with sound as well?


what about touch and smell?

A Canadian, researches have proved that all our senses are taking part in our dreams.
Even the smell.

It's also knowm that blind people have more dreams fullfiled with a lot types of sounds.
Anyway, our subconscious filters the info we get and experience, so what we remember after the dream is the most active sense: Seeing.

But do not worry. In many procedures, such as hypnosis when we can restore our dreams and past-experiences, we can still touch, smell and hear.

Gil_W
12-05-02, 04:20 AM
Originally posted by NightFall
90% 3rd person. even the lucid dreams.

And what about dreams following medical treatment\drugs\getting drunk?

We tend in those occasions to distort the 3rd dimension.
That's is known as a source for many inventions, illuminations and so on.

Alice in the WonderLand- is just an example amond many others.
Carol wrote it under drugs, going into odd dreams.

Don't forget they were the dreams of his own, the feelings of his own. And you *read* it. :cool:

Gil_W
12-05-02, 04:25 AM
Originally posted by Mr. G
I, too, dream in color--except when I'm dreaming it's nighttime--and in accelerated time.

"nighttime", huh? :rolleyes:

According to the scientific aspect it's impossible to dream in colors.
Why? that's simple, bacause our eyes are closed, not getting rays of light= no spectrum= no colors. Anyway, even our nerves don't get any light, we "fix" our dream by ourselves, adding colors to it.

What about blind people? That's interesting..

kmguru
12-05-02, 10:14 AM
According to the scientific aspect it's impossible to dream in colors.
Why? that's simple, bacause our eyes are closed, not getting rays of light= no spectrum= no colors.

That does not sound logical. If the explanation is true, then we can not hear sound as well if the ears are plugged and touch if no one touches the skin and taste since the mouth is closed.

Is not that the dreams are from the information stored in the brain and the manipulation of such information that is already present in the memory banks? On top of that, the mind can create new models based on base information such as one can dream unusual flowers that does not exist in real life. The brain can remodel the petals, color, stems, leaves and even smell from the basic meta data.

Bebelina
12-05-02, 11:04 AM
Maybe the so called "scientist" that came up with this absurd theory was colorblind himself and therfore not able to perceive colours at all, and made up this theory to justify his anxiety.
Because if it was true, we wouldn't be able to think in colour either, with our eyes closed.

:eek:

NightFall
12-05-02, 05:57 PM
^maybe you should let him or her know about the ways of the color. ;)


And what about dreams following medical treatment\drugs\getting drunk? not sure if this was ment hypothetical or to me.. so ill anser anyway. :) ive only been really drunk once in my life.. and.. i don't remember any of my dreams at that time, nor how i fell asleep... but i do take a muscle relaxer regularly that puts me to sleep, and i think i dream more or atleast remember them more because i sleep solid for a longer period of time.. but like i said the dreams jump around alot, thers lots of new ones.

Avatar
12-07-02, 04:16 AM
I dream in vivid colours, hear sounds.
I once heard two beautiful poems , but didn't remember a word after, just remembered how I was amazed of them.

Tonight I saw two sexually beautiful/provoking naked faeries :p

Rick
12-07-02, 04:44 AM
I too dream in colors.But i think thats quite obvious because you know our brains corresponds to all five senses when it sleeps...





bye!

Avatar
12-07-02, 04:47 AM
the black and white myth probably originated at the time where there were black and white tv's only

Rick
12-07-02, 04:53 AM
May be :p

I think lot of tele-Series attribute to this notion,Take for example that old 60s Series Bewitched or may be this series where Bruce Wilis Became an actual star...they all used to show dreams or flsh back thoughts in black and white,isnt it?


bye!

NightFall
12-07-02, 10:12 AM
i thought usually the flashbacks were in color just with blurred edges....

Mogwell
12-07-02, 05:59 PM
I for one find it very difficult to recolect man of my dreams . Sure there are 4 or 5 i can remember to high detail, but most i do not remember.

I also cannot remember seeing colour. The concept that most people dream in black and white is not proposterous....its quite possible. I am sure many people on this forum cannot remember any colours they saw on specific objects in their dreams...and the colours added may have been added once full conciousness was resumed. Many people will say they saw an object of a certain colour, when in fact they saw the object and are just quoting the colour commonly associated with that object, such as a black taxi etc. (not the best object i know, since we are discussing colour :) )

Anyway, thats my thought

MOG

Crunchy Cat
12-07-02, 11:18 PM
Out of curiosity Mog... can you picture a large pepperoni pizza
in your head? Can you see the color distinctions between the
pepperoni and the cheese?

-CC

LephtShew
12-08-02, 02:32 AM
i agree with Mog that we might be adding the colours when we remember the dreams. Honestly if i think of my dreams that i remember there's colour but i dont know if i'm just adding that colour. as for sounds i can remember hearing things, but once again am i just adding that now?
who knows... cant think of a way to test it

Avatar
12-08-02, 04:19 AM
no- I think we drea in colour. After I imediately wake up I remember a lot of my dream and all of it in colour.
btw- hasn't anybody thought that black and white are also colours:bugeye:
I think it's really just an old myth that the majority dreams in black and white

Mogwell
12-08-02, 08:15 AM
IT is highly unlikely that the vividness of a peperoni pizza will occur in anyones dream. While concious now, i cannot picture the different colours of the pizza (mainly because i dont like cheese)... and if i can i only associated res, browns, greys and yellows with it.
Its very strange how it is proven that more people dream in black and white, yet most people say they dream in colour. At the moment, i cannot actually remember any dreams i have had where colour was a part of the whole "experience"

I think i may dream in black and white.

Maybe

>Mog<

moonman
12-08-02, 09:54 AM
Last night I dreamt about eating chocolate. And I am pretty convinced that I tasted it to the full extent since i had several types of chocolate, some that I don't even like and haven't eaten in years. I think I may have dreamed about tasting the chocolate because my tummy was rumbling before I fell asleep:D.

Anyways dreams are tricky because once you try and focus on anything in them, you slip into conciousness. Well i do anyway.

I am a great dreamer I guess, I remember tons of deams, so far that I can even say that my favourite dream-state is where I realize that I am dreaming and are then able to steer the course of my dream how ever i want to. So in a sense i am able to project a little world of my own in my head! I used to be much better at this when i was a kid. I haven't dreamt that way in a while. And this happens mostly soon before I am about to wake up, so that damned clock always interupts me- Grr!

NightFall
12-08-02, 10:37 AM
last night i dreamed that my boyfirend went gocery shopping and bought white and choclate milk. this morning i went ot the fridge to get some. lol. oops.
my dreams are very relistic. i use all of my senses. and i know it must be in color, becuase i once had a dream that was in the stlye of a cartoon. the colors were very bold. it was a dream that i died in.. but that was only the beginning...

Othersider
12-08-02, 03:05 PM
I sometimes dream and can't tell it from reality. I usualy ask my mother or just conclude it was a dream.

I can vision a pepperoni pizza as a whole in my head, but if I think to hard about the colors in a certain spot, when I "look" at it, I can't tell.

Crunchy Cat
12-08-02, 03:15 PM
Your answer may have provided a link to b&w dreamers vs.
color dreamers. Just to reiterate:

Q[CC]: Can you picture a large pepperoni pizza in your head?
Can you see the color distinctions between the pepperoni
and the cheese?

A[MOG]: No

And you are a b&w dreamer. I suspect most b&w dreamers would
not be able to visualize that pepperoni pizza when they are
concious. On the other hand I am an in-color dreamer and when I
am concious I can easily picture a pepperoni pizza with all the
color distinctions (something I suspect most color dreamers can
do with relative ease). In fact I can change the colors of the pizza
if I want (purple cheese looks pretty goofy FYI).

On a sidenote, one of my dreams last night was one where I was
body-surfing. I explicitly remember light blue skys, dark blue
waters, yellow-ish sands, flesh color, etc... In addition I
remember the nasty taste of ocean water, the sounds of waves
rising and crashing, and the feeling of increased motion (from
surfing).

-CC

LephtShew
12-08-02, 04:47 PM
have you ever been surfing before, or tasted ocean water? just curious cuz if someone has a dream like that before experiencing something and then actually goes and tastes or smells or tries something and it feels the same or w/e that would be pretty neat and might give more evidence to this rather than possibly your brain just substituting it for something it has already recieved before. did that make much sense :)

NightFall
12-08-02, 05:05 PM
hmm.. i kill people alot in my dreams.. or get killed.. let me find someone.. tehehhe..

Avatar
12-08-02, 05:12 PM
me also - kill or get killed
I usually have a weird feeling when dying :eek:
especially unpleasant was once when my stomach was cut open with a sword

NightFall
12-08-02, 05:27 PM
hmm.. mine usually get kinda digusting..

in one dream i got rally skinny and flew out of the car window and splattered on the ground.. that was the one that was in all cartoon stuff.. and i died.. and i wa trapped in this forest, and i coudn'tget out, and all the other dead girls made fun of me. so my mom came and yelled at them and took me home.

Avatar
12-08-02, 05:34 PM
I don't remember being killed in any accident
always someone kills me

LephtShew
12-08-02, 05:42 PM
whoever has felt what dying feels like, read the thread called "Strange Dreams Last Night" and my post. I want to see how similar the feeling is of dying. because Avatar's description of the feeling is one that almost helps me remember the feeling, it might be the same with all of us. :D

heres the thread incase you cant find it for some reason:
Strange Dreams Last Night (http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?threadid=10641)

Avatar
12-08-02, 05:44 PM
I can't describe it
sorry

NightFall
12-08-02, 05:45 PM
usually th epople i kill i dont know, and the people others kill are people im close to.

LephtShew
12-08-02, 05:47 PM
i'm trying to key in on the feeling tho, when you do die. Who's to say that isnt what it really feels like in some circumstances... unfortunately you'd have to die to know and then you couldnt tell us so not much we can do but pool ideas and descriptions

Avatar
12-08-02, 05:48 PM
Originally posted by NightFall
usually th epople i kill i dont know, and the people others kill are people im close to.
I have never met people I know in my dreams!!! :eek:

(well- there was one case, but it's an old dream I remember since I was about 3.5)

LephtShew
12-08-02, 05:49 PM
I have a few times, usually someone i'm interested in or some close friends. I wonder why you've never met anyone you know in a dream? or maybe you just dont remember it

NightFall
12-08-02, 05:53 PM
i have alot of people that change... like it will start out im waling downa road with "bob". havlfway down the road, i look over and now im walking wtih "tom". i get to the end and its bob again.. later its becomes joe.. and so on and so on.

Avatar
12-08-02, 05:55 PM
I remember many dreams and I am sure that atleast for 3 years I haven't seen someone I know...

it's just that when Night said about her mother- it was like a realisation moment- I've never met anyone from my family in my dreams.

okok- I have seen my grandma, but she's a witch and I usually had nightmares about her

but not my mother or father
or someone I like in the "real" world


now that I think - yes. perhaps sometimes I see people I KNOW, but it's exceptionally rare

NightFall
12-08-02, 06:05 PM
about the feeling of dying Lephtshew, i dont feel it. is just an event. its not attatched to enmotion unless it is someone i know who dies.
for example. i have these teddy bears ive had all of my life. and they were sitting in my room. well, i was in my room half of the wall was missing and it was like.. hot hot summer outside, and all of these people were running around killing other people. and they kept shooting in my room. and i was using these teddy bears to hide behind with my b/f and my best friend. well, was running across my room to get a better shoton this one guy when another guy come runing across and killes my b.f and my b.f.f.,. and then the rest of my dream was like a slow motion ten minute movie of me picking up these teddy bears from under their bodies and dragging them from my room to the washer, leaving a treail of their blood through my house.. it was like.. a loooooong walk.. in fact... i dont t hink i actually made it to the washer.. it was just on my way to the washer.. walkin and walking really slow and numb-like with the teddy bears dragging behind me.

LephtShew
12-08-02, 06:21 PM
okay so technically you yourself have never died in these dreams?

i find this confusing because i am completely sure that i have died in dreams, yet i've also been told many times that if you die in a dream it's such a shock to your brain (because it doesnt know the difference) that you would actually die in real life. i dont know if thats true ?
Anywayz... i think this one may have been a lucid dream, and in turn i wouldnt have been as shocked, but i did feel the bullets hit me, and everything fade until i re-appeared. It almost seemed like an apocalyptic seen aswell. maybe i just knew it couldnt be happening.

Crunchy Cat
12-08-02, 06:26 PM
Yep, I have tasted ocean water & been body surfing. So, my
RL memories definately influence my senses in a dream. Now,
when you mentioned substitution... thats exactly what happens
to me when I am subject to an experience that simply has never
happened before in RL. Just an example. I recently had a dream
where I was a werewolf. Naturally, I decided to play the role and
hunted down someone, pinned them to the ground, and began
eating them. I have never tasted human flesh before (although
I heard a rumor it tastes like pork) and in my dream this persons
body tasted like meatballs and spaghetti and the bones like bread
sticks. Essentially my brain substituted a taste for which I have
had no RL memory of.

-CC

LephtShew
12-08-02, 07:53 PM
I find that really interesting, so far i dont remember that happening to me...yet, It would be weird though to have something taste that way when you really know it wouldnt :D

moonman
12-09-02, 11:43 AM
yes it does taste like pork...




muhahahaha.

Crunchy Cat
12-09-02, 12:57 PM
<eom>

Clockwood
12-10-02, 11:12 PM
Some dreams I see in color, some not. Oddly my dreams become more realistic the longer they go on. I can have some really long dreams at times.

SweetDreamsMomma
12-24-02, 11:17 PM
I have full color, sound , and sometimes touch. Lucid dreaming that involves a "roll in the hay" well lets just that this is what I look like all day.:D
SweetDreams:D Momma

Talus
12-25-02, 01:08 AM
This is total nonsense. I've read literally thousands of stories and descriptions of dreams and psychological experiences and I've never once heard of a principle stating that we can't dream in colors.. unless the person is colorblind of course.

Just last night I dreamed of fire. Hot, red, orange, fire, from a flamethrower... a riot policeman was using it, and I was caught in a mob and had it used on me (which left me bit miffed, I'd say) Incidentally another policeman was using a hose that sprayed water. I remember it being light blue, much like how it would be animated in cartoon or comic.

What.. just because people dream with their eyes closed they can't remember color? Just absurd.

Enigma
12-25-02, 10:54 PM
i happen to be a very lucid dreamer. i see and experience colour (feeling of it also)...i have all of my senses available, i also can read and write in my dreams...anyone had experience with that???

Joeman
12-25-02, 11:38 PM
My dream is usually very boring, like a snapshot of what usually happens to my normal life. Yes it's in color and in English too. Even Mexicans I know who don't speak English in real life speaks English in my dream.

NightFall
12-26-02, 09:43 PM
hm. id never thought of that. different languages. i think i always dream is english... but.. it seems like i have dreams whee someone poke french. but it would be important that french was what was being spoken. it wasn't normal.

Psy-learner
12-27-02, 05:48 PM
Man, want wacky dreams NightFall has...
Kill or get killed, in a cartoon like way getting slatterd on the ground after a collision...

Man, this is weird :D
Though dreams tend to be surprisingly extra ordinary...
MOG, You just ruined my apotite for my fave, the Pepperoni perfection...

Thanx for the purple cheese bit, I tried to visualize it and my apotite was sickening...

Well, pizza parlor was closed anyway...

I dream in full color, and natural lighting effects...
I do know that the enviroment is acting really weird, by walking a few meters into the other direction, I'm totally somewhere else...

Like, I'm in a ground-level only building, waling trough it, and turn around, and there is a stairway that can lead a few levels up...

Or I'm in a mall kind of place, walking around, talking a bit, and hey, where in a damn sub way...

Also if I'm in a forest kind of thing and I wanna go home just to check something or whatever, I take 2 steps and I'm in the middle of my living room...

That's what I do clearly remember...
So I dream in full color, probably the original ones...
Natural lights, although some times quite a dark ceiling...
Shifting enviroments...
And full sound...

One more thing, I know a technique that qould help remembering a dream, but I don't apply it...
Every time I wake up, I can remember what I dreamed sometimes, and if fades quickly...
And when I vizualize, I have a hard time keeping the picture...

That's all, sorry for the long time...

mooter
12-27-02, 09:45 PM
this may sound stupid but maybe because thats when tv was in black and white, unless that theory came before tv

ekkcentrik
12-30-02, 12:01 AM
Yes, I dream in color. I believe it is all 3-D, but of course the "feel" of the dream is much different than real life.

I've also heard music in my dreams - as if it was the accompainment of a sad movie. And it was usually toward the end of the dream...however, it was not coming from my radio alarm.

A couple nights ago, I believe somebody in my dream had a bunch of knives. And although it wasn't painful when they stabbed me (I can't even be confident that I was stabbed - you know dreams get fuzzy), I did feel a tingle, or something of the sort. I guess this goes to show that sensation really is part psychological.

Psy-learner
12-30-02, 12:13 AM
Well, I don't know if I ever heard music in my dreams before...
But I know that I can imagine the music really in a good detail if I heard it a few ttimes whit full attention...
Not only that, I could seperate some of the things in the music...

But I do remember that I had a weird thing waking up...
I did respond to sounds outside of my sleep, just before waking up, but I was still in the dream itself too...

NightFall
12-30-02, 12:14 AM
while emotional pain is often present, physical pain is rare. im sure it was somewhere, but i can't think of any right now.

NightFall
12-30-02, 12:18 AM
in a cartoon like way getting slatterd on the ground after a collision... oh, there was no collision there. i was too skinny, and i was on my way to a hospital, and i slipped out the window... lol:)

Crunchy Cat
12-30-02, 01:45 AM
in my dreams as well as a vast array of other cool sound fx.

platzapS
12-30-02, 06:43 PM
I always dream in color, and sometimes have the sensation of touch and definitely taste--i had this great dream i was eating cookie dough. I believe I hear sound, as people talk to me and I can understand them.

TruthSeeker
12-31-02, 12:33 AM
I dream in color, listen to music, it is all 3D and I feel things really perfectly. I had dreams where I would feel things like swords going through my heart, dogs eating me alive, snakes trying to eat me alive (and I felt pretty tired...:eek: )... But they are always pretty surrealistic. Very strange. Sometimes lots of light too. I can also feel the heat of the sun, and the temperature... It is crazy... it's like real life...:bugeye: :eek:

NightFall
12-31-02, 01:40 AM
dogs eating me alive,

ohh!! ohh!! i did feel pain in a dream once!!!!... wow.. this was a loooooooooong time ago.. like.. 7th grade maybe? and i dreamed a dog bit off my hand, and i had to ride around Kmart in a shopping cart to find it (my hand). but i remember it really hurt when the dog bit my hand off.... but it wasnt messy.. no blood pouring out or anything....

Edit:
and as for missing body parts.. i sleep-walked once in my life, and, according to my dad, i was having a crying screaming fit becuase i lost my shoulders and couldn't find them anywhere. he says, he finally convinced me to lay down, and we would look for them in the morning. now THATS a dream i would have liked to have remembered!

mooter
12-31-02, 10:39 AM
Thats one good thing about KMart they always have the upper hand (oops) at having spare body parts. I hope there was a blue light on that....

I remember I got shot twice in two separate dreams (years apart)
and I didnt feel pain just a bunch of warm blood gushing over my head before I faded to awake....

and then once when I was around 12? I dreamed it was Halloween and I went as Dracula and went into a convenience store (with a 70's orange and brown astroturf!) and someone behind me stuck a something like a fireplace poker through my lower back and out of my stomach and it just felt like an itch...yeah I dont remember pain...


How do you all fly in your dreams?

I use to fly kind of unintenionally when I was younger strangely...
My position would be like that when Im reclined in a seat. So Id be laying back while loosely controlling my flight. Now I just stand there and levitate by will even though I have to control the stability by concentrating subconsciously (yes, like I have to keep it in the back of my mind) They say flying in your dreams is about your control in Life, so if youre flying, youve been accomplishing goals, I guess

NightFall
12-31-02, 10:55 AM
How do you all fly in your dreams? i wonder the same thing. ive never been able to fly i dont think... not that i remember anyway.. maybe its because im afraid of heights?

silver
12-31-02, 03:45 PM
I dream in color and sound.
In most of my dreams, I'm either falling or running.
sheesh....wonders what am I running from... what is my subconscience trying to tell me and of course I'm not listening.

TruthSeeker
12-31-02, 03:57 PM
maybe you are running from yourself... :D

silver
12-31-02, 08:16 PM
Originally posted by TruthSeeker
maybe you are running from yourself... :D

nah!

There's always the same guy chasing me:p

Psy-learner
12-31-02, 10:09 PM
Is he identifiable?
maybe it's a precognetive dream...
or warning you to look out for that person or something...

I did come across a thought about dreams...
Ever had you woke up from a dream and in reality finished it or something?
I had this weird thing when I was about the age of 5 or 6...

I fell from a high place in myt dream, and before I smacked into the ground, I woke up and fell from the middle of nowhere between ceiling and bed, onto my bed...

so, in short...
I fell from high, I woke up, I fell on my bed...
really a puzzling thought though...

silver
01-01-03, 02:01 AM
Originally posted by Psy-learner
Is he identifiable?
maybe it's a precognetive dream...
or warning you to look out for that person or something...

I did come across a thought about dreams...
Ever had you woke up from a dream and in reality finished it or something?
I had this weird thing when I was about the age of 5 or 6...

I fell from a high place in myt dream, and before I smacked into the ground, I woke up and fell from the middle of nowhere between ceiling and bed, onto my bed...

so, in short...
I fell from high, I woke up, I fell on my bed...
really a puzzling thought though...


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yeah I do know him but the really strange thing is that I dreamed about him before I ever met him IRL

slim
01-01-03, 06:14 AM
I dream in color, and usually I am hiding or running from some thing.. one time it had a big yellow sunflower head.. that why I don't do yellow sunFlowers. they are hard to avoid all your life, trust me, they are ...Everywhere*

andeity
01-14-03, 10:53 AM
I dream in color, sound, feeling...but usually the senses are...muffled? virtual? There have been a few times I've fallen a few feet in a dream and felt the sensation of landing, and I really felt it. Sometimes in unclear dreams something will happen that will cause me to shake or jump and wake up. I often have a 'choice' of what to do it dreams...but it's virtual like the senses. And occasionally I'll be in a dream, and something will cause me to come to realize I'm dreaming, at which point I'll wake up.

notPresidentAndrew
01-15-03, 12:00 PM
[QUOTE]Do you dream in color?[QUOTE] Yes.

Mike18ca
02-14-03, 07:47 PM
whenever I dream it's with colour and senses.

also, in my dreams I am always myself in 1st person. Kinda like adventures of myself. ;)

0neiros
02-15-03, 08:35 AM
I've always dreamt in color, to dream in black and white seems absurd to me.I also hear music,and when the dream is lucid I can create it in the dream.These types of dreams help me with art,be it color symbolism or musical arrangements,and there is sort of a feedback between waking consciousness and sleeping consciousness for me.

The Metatron
02-18-03, 01:35 AM
The oldest nightmare I remember was one I had when I was four. I was standing in the backyard staring at a giant 3 ft candle, it was brown with dried wax drips from where it had been lit before. I stared at it for what at least in dream time seemed hours, then large orange cat like eyes appeared in the front of it and a slit like mouth on its body chanted "dee dee da dee dee da" over and over. It grew legs with cat paws and after every chant it would stop take a step and start the chant over again "dee dee da dee dee da". Slowly but shurely getting closer what would it do when it got close enough to touch me, it may have met me no harm who knows it might have enlightened me with some great knowledge, but it looked evil and that was enough for me. I tried to run but my mother appeared behind me blocking my exit i begged and pleaded with her to pick me up and help me excape but she refused. I fell to my knees put my head between my legs closed my eyes and when the chanting was directly behind me i woke up. All these years later the thought of that dream still scares me.

one_raven
02-28-03, 03:21 AM
Originally posted by Gil_W
A Canadian, researches have proved that all our senses are taking part in our dreams.
Even the smell.


How could they have possibly proven that??
How could they have verifiable scientific evidence of this?
I would love to read an article about this.
Any links?


Originally posted by Avatar
btw- hasn't anybody thought that black and white are also colours:bugeye:


Ummmm, no they aren't.


Originally posted by moonman
I am a great dreamer I guess, I remember tons of deams, so far that I can even say that my favourite dream-state is where I realize that I am dreaming and are then able to steer the course of my dream how ever i want to. So in a sense i am able to project a little world of my own in my head! I used to be much better at this when i was a kid. I haven't dreamt that way in a while. And this happens mostly soon before I am about to wake up, so that damned clock always interupts me- Grr!

It is called Lucid Dreaming.
There are methods of controlling it.
http://www.lucidity.com/

one_raven
02-28-03, 03:24 AM
This theory would explain all of this business of whether (and why) people "dream in color" or not.
Also sounds, smells, and all other aspects of the dream state.

If it is true.

Click me to see the thread (http://www.sciforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18091)

NightFall
02-28-03, 11:08 AM
well, last night had a dream about something that could happen. very clear dream. it was one of the ones you really think re real, een after you wake up for a minute. kinda hope it doesn't happen, it was sad. but it would be neat if it did. lol.

Dr Lou Natic
03-03-03, 01:20 AM
I dream in color but the color of things are rarely what they should be, the sky will be a weird orange or something like that although while dreaming I never notice and it seems irrelevant. Also I have never dreamt in black and white but I often dream in shades of a single color and white, like remember that greenday filmclip "brainstew"? thats the best example I can think of.
I have no problem forming a colorful pepperoni pizza in my mind right now and I can't imagine what it would be like if I couldn't do that.
I have died in dreams a few times and usually it feels terrible at first like while I'm being killed but as I die it always feels extremely blissfull like my brain is releasing all its endorphins right before it shuts down.
Sometimes I have dreams that are visually mundane but have a disturbing feel for some reason or the opposite like something horrible is happening but the dream feels great.
I definately have all the senses in my dreams and sometimes they are even heightened. Although they are rare for me, the few sex dreams I have had make real sex seem boring in comparison, no shit.
I have never had a real "wet dream" where I woke up with a wad in my pants but I have had intense orgasmic feelings during dreams.
Dreams are awesome, but the other night I had a horrible dream where all I was doing was replying to posts at the sciforums, seriously, and for some reason it had that disturbing feel I mentioned earlier, I don't know why, my replies were awesome! I wish you guys saw them:cool:

Persol
03-03-03, 01:43 AM
I usually dream in color (or atleast remember the dream in color). The wierd thing is that my lucid dreams are usually in black and white.

Serinanth
03-03-03, 02:05 AM
uhh... my problem is trying to discern which of these dreams is reality... I got HD widescreen and THX surround sound, along with all my other senses. I Just take the now as reality so I dont go insane :eek:

Damn whered I put that remote.

levimyst
03-05-03, 03:08 PM
only once I dreamed in black and white and that was scary because the dream came true. But, I always dream in color.

moonman
03-05-03, 03:54 PM
Just the other night I wrote a beautifull song in my dream, when I woke up, nothing. I have also written poetry in my dreams that has sung with every word and again when I wake up, nothing. The problem is I don't know if they every realy existed I just have and overwhelming sense that they have. I've heard that in dreams most people can't read, I beleive it's only an old wives tale, I can read many things.

NightFall
03-05-03, 10:23 PM
i wrote a shakespearean (is that a word?) pom once in my sleep.. i woke myself up kinda and i was able to write down a couple lines, but there were alot of blank spots, and when i tried to fill them in, it just didnt flow like it did before......

Nightpoet
03-05-03, 11:01 PM
I always dream in colour, and with sound, not sure about touch and smell, but usually my dreams are very weird, and sometimes a few of them come true.
Just mundane ones, though

one_raven
03-06-03, 12:18 AM
Originally posted by levimyst
only once I dreamed in black and white and that was scary because the dream came true.

When it came true was it in black and white?
That would be pretty freaky.

elicash82
03-06-03, 11:34 PM
Dreaming is an amazing thing. It is also, to me anyway, completely baffling. I don't think argumentation about whether we dream in color is at all necessary, because honestly I don't think we know. The leading hypothesis in general psychology right now is that our brain is sending flashes of events at a rapid pace and another part of the brain is having to decode them as sensical. I think this is just proof that science, at the present moment has no way of explaining what a dream is, the same way in which they cannot disprove the existance of the soul. I don't know what dreams are, and though I have very clear remembrances of certain dreams they were experienced in such a way where I can not tell you with one hundred percent certainty whether they were black and white or color. I can explain the stories that took place in detail, I have a journal beside my bed that I write in as I wake up. Everyone seems to exxplain what happens to them when they sleep in a similar way, "I had this dream ______" but when a discussion like "do we dream in color" comes into play it seems that we are all experiencing something completely different when we shut our eyes. It's that old existential problem that comes with conciousness, our own is ours alone, and no matter what studies say, we'll probobly never agree on a true objective reality.

~Anderson
http://www.themelesswonder.com

SyschoManits
03-12-03, 08:13 PM
i Dream every night in clor but the the same instinc. I always dream of tornado's and whipping around and it seems when i see one im a magnet and it comes to me i try to run but i stay put. But it likes gets to me and it passes right through me like a ghost.??????/ wierd i know:eek:

magicman
03-27-03, 07:46 PM
I never or rarely remember my dreams. I think I know why though: :m:

Sometimes I have a vague recollection of them in the morning but it generally fades after a few minutes of being awake.

When I do remember them they are in colour*

*Please note correct spelling of color (I'm Scottish)
:p :o

Myriad360
03-31-03, 06:47 PM
I also have dreamt in Color. But reading things in your dreams is suppose to be impossible since it involves the other side of your brain (sorry, I can't remember which side does what). But I have definatly remembered reading things in dreams, so what does that say? Maybe there is an outside connection... via pineal gland? (Yeah, I know, funny name, but look it up, it resks where your third eye could be, and this gland in fact has Rods and Cons!)

Scrap@lot
03-31-03, 07:41 PM
how about "hearing" can you hear in your dreams?
Hearing is a lot harder than seeing color , but Ive always seen in color :)
How about good or bad dreams which are you able to remember the easiest?

NightFall
03-31-03, 11:03 PM
^ woo damn. good question.

i very often bring in outside sounds.. radio. cat. alarm clock ect. but seldom does my dream have their own. and when they do it is significant. i hd a dream while ago, that is kinda hard to explain, but i was an undercover agent for something. and i lived in this blue buiding with other people like me... it was a very cold feeling place. anyhow. i met someone there. and later he defended me in an argument, and i can picture him talking, and i remember knowing what was said, but i didn't ever hear anything i dont think. i just know what sounds shoud be where, and my brain fills in the blanks to go with the pictures i think.


oh, and as far as good/bad goes. i dont really have good and bad dreams.. i have odd, detailed, and vivid dreams. so i pretty much remember most of them. the ones that would be considered "nightmares" or the like, usually ne up being lucid dreams, and so i remember those about the same. Although when you can control a dream, it kinda takes away the effect.

Scrap@lot
04-01-03, 01:08 PM
LOL when I hear someone speak to me in dreams, they are always very important, sometimes I have dreams where I see nothing but hear things. usually I hear things of some kind of future even or some kind of teaching.
Like I had a dream where someone was talking a language you never ever heard of before and it sounded like chanting but my head was interpreting it... she was talking about some kind of destruction. LOL if I told the whole dream and the research I found about the dream.... LOL it was totally freaky when I realized it.

yes nightmares are always easier to become lucid in cuz fear brings consciousness.
For me good dreams are always harder to remember than the bad ones.
And whatever is inbetween is the odd wierdo dreams that have no meaning it seems. like you said i have odd, detailed, and vivid dreams.
I dont think it a good idea to "control" dreams , it is a good mind power exercisse but dreams always have messages in them.

SnakeLord
04-01-03, 03:11 PM
I suppose it all depends on what mental graphics card you have. I'm equipped with a Geforce 2297345795 pro. I get all the colours, all the sounds, everything. :D

Now think about it for a second..... Black is all colours combined. To achieve black you must be able to achieve every variation of colour before that.

Most dreams are a story told from things we've already seen... To use an example: I am now looking at a bright red tea cup. Somewhere in my dreams this tea cup might appear, and because my brain has that image stored in its memory banks it will be able to accurately reproduce that with it's exact colour match in my dreams.

I had this dream where im lying on my sofa and i get shot many times. It was so shocking i awoke instantly. I was in fact physically paralysed for about 1 minute and the places where i had been shot did actually sting in my concious state. I can attribute the paralysis to the drugs that the body emits during the sleeping phase. Some people lack the hormonal drug emissions and end up sleep walking. The drug is released into your system to avoid that very thing. The stinging from the bullets are nerve responses.

I also had this dream while snoozing in the car that an old friend of mine was choking me to death for letting him die. He'd actually phoned me up in real life but before my arrival at his house he'd killed himself. This was many years before the dream. It was so real and so shocking. When i awoke, on the bring of dreamstate death, i found my necklace was strangling me. The mind is fully aware of external influences and translates them into a dream state story.

Scrap@lot
04-01-03, 04:05 PM
I dont dream no more I just lay .. hehe

:o :D :bugeye:

Oleander Somniferum
04-12-03, 07:56 AM
"I heard somewhere that only a few poeple dream in color and others in black in white.
i myself have had only one black and white dream that im aware of. "
_______________________________________________

Well, I've always been dreaming in color, and I don't know anyone who dreams black and white........:confused: :confused:

beth
04-13-03, 01:16 AM
I think color in our world has almost become a sixth sense in the way that through our pulsating neon metroploitain centers adn obsession with the bright and bold.

Therefore... possibly making dreams in color a more frequent occurance than in the past beacuse color acts as a specific stimulant to our brains, triggered or triggering specific emoitions just like 'the smell of grandma's house' or the 'texture of your baby blanket'..... Do any of you see where I'm going with this?

Some of my most vivid dreams, specifically nightmares and been in black and white with only touches of color like the green leaves on a tree n'such. Comparable to the filming tecnique used in 'Schindlers List' with the girl in the red coat.

In dreams I believe all over senses can be stimulated. A nerve impulse is a nerve impulse weather connected to reality or not. I'm sure many a people have wakened to the sensation of a dreamed up kiss on there lips, or from a cry of terror escaping thier lungs... I love to dream.

Oleander Somniferum
04-13-03, 09:06 AM
for me, the real mystery is; how normal people, who see colors in their everydy life can dream in black and white??????

:confused:

Carnuth
04-13-03, 07:19 PM
I dream in color =)


How do you all fly in your dreams?

when i fly, i start out by kinda flapping! but its tough to get into the air. Once im in the air i kinda swoop and its hard as hell to stay up but then i can glide really easily and its way fun.


I've died a lot in my dreams, when i die i end up immobile but able to sense whats going on....does that mean something?

Funny story(at least to me): I was dreaming about a smoothie, a gorgeous strawberry-kiwi-banana smootie, and i was about to drink it, the cold glass touching my lips, i couldnt wait for that smoothie. And i wake up with my hand in my face with my fingers holding an imaginary glass, I was thirsty as hell, thats the funniest thing thats ever happened to me at 4 AM =)

hotsexyangelprincess
04-13-03, 07:26 PM
I dream in color all the time. Just like im actually there. But have you guys ever had one of those 'just-into-sleep' dreams where you think you are falling and then wake up all of the sudden? :m:

Myriad360
04-14-03, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Carnuth
I dream in color =)



when i fly, i start out by kinda flapping! but its tough to get into the air. Once im in the air i kinda swoop and its hard as hell to stay up but then i can glide really easily and its way fun.

Yeah, you try to fly the first time, and you are like wow this is easy. And then you try the second time, not so easy. And then when you go to show someone, they look at you like you are retarded.

I have had dreams where I am both dieing and I am dead. The dead ones are always immobile body dreams, but somehow things happen to you and it means something. Maybe that can have a meaning with real life, I think when I die, I will not get cremated. I want to become a skeleton, would a cool dream that would be! :eek:

Weird.

moonman
04-15-03, 02:11 PM
To fly, first you have to become concious of the fact that you are dreaming, there is a huge difference between waking conciousness and lucid dreaming conciousness. Most of the time when dreaming and you become aware of the dream you will wake. But sometimes it is possible to become aware of the simple fact that you can do anything. You guide your awarenss from this perspective yet confine your mind to the world of the dream.
When you accheive this, you can 'will' yourself to fly. I suspect that not everyone can do this.

sugarsandz12
06-03-03, 07:27 PM
Not only do I sleep in color but I also have touch, taste, smell, and can hear very vividly. I'm a lucid dreamer above it all and have been since I was younger. My dreams are great for the most part, I've only had one night terror in like eight years. My dreams can be as real as my everyday life or as wild as the telatubbies on acid at a rave. Only problem for me is I'm always sleepy, it seems I'm so awake in my dreams that it feels like I haven't gotten any sleep all night.

Thanks!!

whitewolf
06-04-03, 09:37 PM
I always dream with all of my senses on. My dreams are always lucid except for the times when im physically and emotionally exhausted. However i dont remember a single dream where i ate/drank something...
http://sciforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=23353 (brain usage thread) Look in here. would that have anything to do with it?

lg5000
06-06-03, 05:54 AM
Definatly black & white... the biggest problem is that your mind automatically assumes that if you have a red car and it appears in your dream, it is red. Your mind simply will not be convinced that it isn't red.

But then, I don't claim to have dreams of the future, as it is, I have relativly few dreams.

passive observer
06-08-03, 03:30 AM
I have a notion that one can remember dreams in color or B&W. Alot of times a dream fades so quickly it is hard to get the all the details. I believe this is because our dreams are not in our memory, save but the likes of a few , the rest like alot of memory is kept off line if you will.

Myriad360
06-10-03, 05:57 AM
Originally posted by passive observer
I have a notion that one can remember dreams in color or B&W. Alot of times a dream fades so quickly it is hard to get the all the details. I believe this is because our dreams are not in our memory, save but the likes of a few , the rest like alot of memory is kept off line if you will.

I have read a few studies that have noticed a pattern in brain activity, something like when you are a mid-asleep you can remember your dreams (like when you are first going to sleep or waking up). There are also some peaks in the middle of your sleep cycle that get up in the mid range, versus lower range (deep sleep) and high range (almost awake). The problem with remembering dreams is the problem with the human brain. If you dream in color and react a certain way but only remember in B&W and react differently to the recollection, what is the reality of the dream to you? At that point you start getting away from just dreams and asking yourself what is the difference between dreams and real life? I think a lot of life influences dreams, but on more than one occasion I have made notes of details in a dream about a likely event, and when it happens I experience the dejavou (sp) in expectance. Or maybe I am just clinically trying to seisure. Which ever, I think humans need to do question the state they are in -in life as well as dreams, as mentioned earlier in the post. Life maybe an offshoot of a larger dream, and who knows what could happen if we start pinching ourselves.

maxpowers200169
06-30-03, 12:46 PM
:bugeye: every one dreams in different ways. i myself can controll my dreams. Ie two nights ago I had this dream i was trapped in a barn and zombies (yes the undead) surrounded it i got up in the loft when they started coming in and i was freaked i could actually smell the rotting flesh and hay along with the felling of the cool night air. in my mind i thought it was real and then i realized. !!! why am i running from these bastards its a dream then all of a sudden i had an assault rifle and the dream became this fun whack a mole scenario. i can also wake myself up if the dream is too scary. but like i said earlier every one dreams in different ways. my color blind friend actually described red to me from a dream he had so some people dream in color others in only purple and others in black and white so does it matter?

Voltaire
07-13-03, 03:13 PM
I dream in color as well and all my senses are involved in the dream. I have very weird dreams, i don't get nightmares ever since i was a little girl though.

Twinkle Toes
07-16-03, 04:56 AM
"when i fly, i start out by kinda flapping! but its tough to get into the air. Once im in the air i kinda swoop and its hard as hell to stay up but then i can glide really easily and its way fun." - Carnuth

That's exactly the way I get myself to fly :). I do it often, too.

"But have you guys ever had one of those 'just-into-sleep' dreams where you think you are falling and then wake up all of
the sudden?"

Yes, that happens often as well.

Basics of my dreams:

I retain my ability to feel (though only for 'erotic activity'), see, and hear. I've never had a dream where I've tasted or smelt something. I've eaten in my dreams, but there's no actual taste... just the fact that I know what it tastes like and am happy something that's supposed to be tasty is filling my stomach.

I dream in colour. Things are easily visually perceived, though there've been times when some bits were blurry.

I fly, exist in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, walk, swim, run at accelerated speeds, fight, kill, and get killed.... more often the prey than the predator, I'm afraid. Whenever I'm killed, my 'spirit', it seems, goes into 3rd-person-mode and then finds a new body. I constantly switch between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person throughout the dream though. Also, when I wake up there's always pain right where my wound(s) was/were.


I have to ask this. I've never found anyone else who's had these abilities. 1) Has anyone ever began a dream while still being conscious? 2) Can any of you wake yourselves up using physical mobility?

For the first one, I don't mean lucid-dreaming or thinking about something and then dreaming about it. When I close my eyes, it's like the dream is pulling me in. It's like I'm in the middle of reality and entering my dream.

It's when that happens that I try and wake myself up (most of 'those' dreams are nightmares). It doesn't happen within the dream. When I was younger, I would have to spin around really fast (in the dream) in order to get out of a dream. Nowadays though (only with nightmares, mind you), in order to get myself out of that state (of being in the middle), I must shake my head, try wiggling my fingers, or move my hand. It sort of feels like my whole body is numb, and I have to shake off the feeling. It's quite difficult, nothing compared to when you're conscious.

Voltaire
07-16-03, 08:00 PM
hmm I don't fly much. I hava had this recurrent dream when the water from the sea takes away sand from the shore. I feel extremely awkard after I have had it. I have been able to smell like for example I smelt roses nad dreamt of an angel. Does anyone know what dolphins mean?

Twinkle Toes
07-17-03, 06:59 AM
Here's a good link for interpreting dreams:

http://www.geocities.com/whapahoe/Dream_Interpretation.html

ayumi
08-01-03, 07:58 AM
i always seem to dream in color, but with no sound. but i am aware that people are talking to me and i understand them but ...i guess i dont hear them? its like i hear their voice in my head as i see their mouth move. weird.

Hannah124
08-10-04, 04:26 PM
dreams is something that really interests me. i never knew that someone can dream in black and white since i have always dreamed in color. when me and my mom found out that my dad is a black and white dreamer we were shocked and confused as to why he dreams in black and white but we don't. so far he is the only person i know that does not dream in color and i am curious to know wut causes some people to dream in color while others don't. i know i dream in color, i have had dreams with very vivid color. example: one dream where my dad was painting the roof of our house a very bright green and the front of our house a very bright yellow. and just last night i had a dream i had a baby and was looking at him and he had this very weird dark red hair, not a natural hair color, and light brown very pretty eyes. so i do belive that it is possible to dream in color and that u just don't add color to dreams or anything like that. i also have had many dreams where i couldn't see, everything was very blurry to me. idk if this happens to others but sometimes if i stand up fast i'll feel a little dizzy and my vision will blacken and just look weird then come right back. and in those dreams where i can't see my vision is like that, dark around the edges and very blurry and spinning in the center. its very weird and these are new dreams but i've had it about 5 times. just wondering if anyone has ever experinced that before. sorry my post is so long. haha ~Hannah

Crunchy Cat
08-10-04, 04:30 PM
I have a hypothesis on this. It is entirely possible that black and white
dreamers generate less or no electrical impulses to the portions of the
brain responsible for interpreting color (only while dreaming of course).

Cool-Weirdo182
08-10-04, 08:54 PM
I ALWAYS dream in color, but there is no sound, touch, smell, or taste, I just seem to know when and what someone is saying to me... or when I get stabbed and the pain is overwhelming.....

Cool-Weirdo182
08-10-04, 08:59 PM
oh, and Hannah124, I have dreams where I really want to continue to pay attention to what is going on, but I am blinded and can only see black and then all my dreamsenses are gone. After that I either slowly drift off into that unconcious state that wastes the night away, or I wake up, get a drink, go to the bathroom then get back to my dreaming................ :m:

Hannah124
08-10-04, 10:59 PM
well cool-weirdo, that isn't really the case for me. the dream is still a normal dream, i'm just doing normal things but i just can't see good. sometimes it will fade in and i can see for a little bit but then it will go back. its really strange i've had one dream where that happened and i was trying to drive and it was just a disaster. i can see everything but is is just reallly blurred and all twisted together so i can tell something is there in front of me but i can't tell u details, its just really weird haha ~Hannah

Rick
08-12-04, 05:13 AM
Do you have time to see the colors in dream or are you concious enough?

I wonder...
bye!

water
08-12-04, 03:26 PM
I always dream in colour. Strong, vivid colours.
Also, when I close my eyes, I usually see fancy colourful patterns -- but I don't mean those that are a "pyhsiological effect" from just having your eyes closed. I simply close my eyes and I see patterns, geometric or ornamental, and they change, float, one pattern slowly becoming something else.

I used to try to draw them -- but real world colours were never strong enough, and I'm not good enough of a painter to deal with those 3d patterns. :(

whitewolf
08-12-04, 09:41 PM
Hmmm.. If color is our brains' interpretation of light (different light waves stimulate the cones, etc), and if there is close to no light entering the eye when we sleep at night.... How do we dream in color? Note, that in the night-dark room, you see things mostly in black and white! It therefore could be a recollection of color that our brain assigns to various things in the dream. And, as someone said earlier, we could be dreaming in black and white, but our brain can not accept that it isn't color.

sargentlard
08-13-04, 05:07 PM
And, as someone said earlier, we could be dreaming in black and white, but our brain can not accept that it isn't color.

Or it could be the brain's extensive experience of recognizing and piecing together scenes of color every day seeping into our thoughts?

We see color all day, our memories are in color, our recollections are in color, we imagine in color so when the pons bounces around thoughts and memories that the, paralyzed, frontal lobe can't piece together into cohesive thought and actions.....i'd think that would be in color also.


Which leads me to ask....what color do color blind people dream in?

Stryder
08-13-04, 05:46 PM
I have a problem with dreams, the reality is this;
To me, I'm not suppose to dream, for many years I didn't dream then I had a weird occurance and dreams started again, however these are not my dreams, these are inputs from a laboratory or somewhere thats implanting dreams, I know this from one of my dreams ending in Russian titles of the Director and Producer, probably some little known film that never made Cam. This was odd to me, since I'm English and can't speak a word of Russian.

As far as I'm concerned I want to do a sleep experiment were I generate my own personalised varient of a Faraday cage that removes all radiological atmospherics from the room it surrounds, so I can sleep there. As I believe I won't dream (and probably have the best sleep I've had in my life)

Crunchy Cat
08-13-04, 08:14 PM
Hmmm.. If color is our brains' interpretation of light (different light waves stimulate the cones, etc), and if there is close to no light entering the eye when we sleep at night.... How do we dream in color? Note, that in the night-dark room, you see things mostly in black and white! It therefore could be a recollection of color that our brain assigns to various things in the dream. And, as someone said earlier, we could be dreaming in black and white, but our brain can not accept that it isn't color.

By that argument, dreams would not include visual information. Light (black
and white or otherwise) has to go through the ol' eyeball. The very fact that
people dream both sight and color (amongst other senses) contradict the argument.

Crunchy Cat
08-13-04, 08:18 PM
these are not my dreams, these are inputs from a laboratory or somewhere thats implanting dreams

Prove the claim and I'll purchase that customized Faraday cage for you.

whitewolf
08-13-04, 10:34 PM
I'm not making an argument; only an inquiry. It can't be recollections of images, because we dream things that aren't possible in life and that never took place. So the brain puts things together all by itself. Fascinating. But how?


these are inputs from a laboratory or somewhere thats implanting dreams, I know this from one of my dreams ending in Russian titles of the Director and Producer, probably some little known film that never made Cam. This was odd to me, since I'm English and can't speak a word of Russian.

Blah blah. The Shadow Gov't recalls no such actions. :p

water
08-14-04, 03:21 AM
I'm not making an argument; only an inquiry. It can't be recollections of images, because we dream things that aren't possible in life and that never took place. So the brain puts things together all by itself. Fascinating. But how?

Imagination. Apparently, there are more kinds of it: imagination that is useful and practical when it comes to sloving everyday problems, and then the more artistic kind of imagination. But the organizing principle seems to be the same in both: combining things in yet unseen ways to deliver a certain (new) meaning or solve a problem.

EDIT: See for example Bosch' "The garden of earthly delights" (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/bosch/delight/delightc.jpg) -- how things are mixed up in that picture. While we, in our everyday lifes, feel much like that figure in the fruit, looking through a tube, seeing a mouse -- a very limited perspective is what we are confined to, while all those things go on around us ...

Stryder
08-14-04, 03:22 AM
Crunchy Cat,
The simplest way I can percieve of proving it is to do a Sleep Lab experiment where the conditions are met, So I'd just have to find a sleep lab that would help setup the cage to prove/disprove it.

Crunchy Cat
08-15-04, 07:24 AM
I'm not making an argument; only an inquiry. It can't be recollections of images, because we dream things that aren't possible in life and that never took place. So the brain puts things together all by itself. Fascinating. But how?

That's a tough question.

Crunchy Cat
08-15-04, 07:27 AM
Crunchy Cat,
The simplest way I can percieve of proving it is to do a Sleep Lab experiment where the conditions are met, So I'd just have to find a sleep lab that would help setup the cage to prove/disprove it.

A) It's not possible to 'disprove' a claim.
B) If you did not dream in the environment proposed, it does not prove
your claim.

Stryder
08-16-04, 01:23 AM
Crunchy_Cat,
It matters not if I "prove/disprove", it woudl just be great to get some sleep for once.

Crunchy Cat
08-16-04, 10:28 AM
Ahh I see; although, I am not sure what it has to do with dreaming in color...

rGEMINI
08-16-04, 07:30 PM
Im acually sueing god/dess for the new HD V. of dreams it's like dREAM V. 89.3.4.5.0.1 I think...

OverTheStars
08-22-04, 10:36 AM
Some dreams are in color, and some are in black/white. Sometimes, the two together(one time I dreamt about my little brother, in b/w, and he had bright yellow pollen on his face).
I do hear sound, and I also smell and taste(another dream involved me eating raw shrimp with the shell still on, I woke up with the worst taste in my mouth).

.SillyStef.
08-23-04, 06:44 PM
dreams are strange, like when you jerk yourself awake. I dream in both black and white and colour. Ive only had really truly vivid bright colours a few times thou. As for touching and smelling and feeling; i've felt high a couple nights later, after partying, ive felt sumones hair before. There's a strange thing about the way I dream, im quite the insominac myself, and i find if i actually sleep for few days i have fukked up dreams.
Does anyone here ever have dreams when it feels just like real life. You might actually have to ask a person you had a conversation with in your dream if you actually had that conversation.

Rubiks
08-28-04, 08:29 AM
I dream in White, and black, sometimes gray.
I think that the human lifeforms i see in my dreams are just shapes, becase when imagining a dream that seems better correct.

Oxygen
08-28-04, 10:57 AM
I have always dreamed in colors so vibrant as to suggest schizophrenia. (I read in an old issue of Psychology Today that most schizophrenics dream in impossibly vibrant colors.) As an added bit, I have things that recur in my dreams so regularly that I use them as landmarks of a sort. A specific graveyard, an open field, a certain pier, a particular house, when they appear in my dream, they are always the same ones from other dreams. The skies are always stormy, the wind is often strong, and when I see the ocean, it's always calm from a distance but raging angrily when I get up close, and there's always a bunch of people who are too stupid to back away from the waves and they get washed right off the dock.

luiscamoes
11-23-05, 06:28 PM
First time poster here and would love to add my experiences to this great topic. For one to say one way of dreaming is the way and not the other (black and white over color) is quite silly. Some people do some people dont period. I for one have always dreamed in color and no it wasnt a after thought addition. One dream I had was of sudddenly realizing i was dead at the local mall and when I asked someone who was also apperently dead he stated I had just been hit by a bus and lead me to a hallway going to heaven where the first thing I saw was the most insanly blue vase I have ever set my eyes one, how do I know I didnt imagine this after I woke up, well In my dream I actualy said holy s*** thats one blue vase and my companion stated yes isnt death lovely. I have felt touch ( I held some womans hand in a dream and said to myself if I ever hold a hand like this again as it is now in life I will marry her on the spot) I have sensed smell (for some reason I was hiding a rotten body in a bag under my bed, I dunno dreams are odd arent they, boy did it smell bad) emmotions (typical I think) motion (swaying in a tree house) talked to jesus once ( he handed me a phone and it was my boss and he fired me) dream alot of dying in world war II (alot of infantry related dreams) and one realy funny thing is everytime I go to shoot a gun in a dream whether it was when I wa a kid or yesterday IT NEVER WORKS sometimes it shoots little discs like those toy guns or it jams, but NEVER do they work, kinda sucks. and I dont know about you but everytime I go to get my grove on I wake up im 32 and never scored in a dream answer me that one :( thanx for your time :D

luiscamoes
11-23-05, 08:23 PM
Do People Still Report Dreaming in Black and White? An Attempt to Replicate a Questionnaire from 1942

Eric Schwitzgebel
Perceptual & Motor Skills, 96 (2003), 25-29.

Abstract

In the 1940ís and 1950ís, many people in the United States appear to have thought they dreamed in black and white. For example, Middleton (1942) found 70.7% of college sophomores reported "rarely" or "never" seeing colors in their dreams. The present student replicated Middletonís questionnaire and found that students in 2001 reported a significantly greater rate of colored dreaming than the earlier sample, with only 17.7% saying that they "rarely" or "never" see colors in their dreams. Assuming that dreams themselves have not changed over this time period, it appears that one or the other (or both) groups of students must be profoundly mistaken about a basic feature of their dream experiences.

thought id throw this in

Rick
11-23-05, 10:55 PM
yea...i dream in color...i see skin in my dreams mostly :D ;)


Peace
Rick

Neildo
11-23-05, 11:31 PM
I've also heard that one can't "read" in their dreams, but I can see and read text, signs, or other characters in mine.

Who knows, maybe all of this color dreaming and reading is part of our evolution. Get outta here ya B&W dreamers! :p

- N

devils_reject
11-24-05, 01:35 AM
I barely remember my dreams much less....is something wrong with me then?

Communist Hamster
11-24-05, 02:09 AM
Since someone has already bumped this thread, I'll post.
I dream in colour, and remember dreams when I wake up. If I can be bothered and I write them down, then the next day I will remember dreams much more vividly.
Also, one of my friends claims to remember his dreams vividly every single night. Dunno if that's true or not.

phlogistician
11-24-05, 03:33 AM
I've also heard that one can't "read" in their dreams, but I can see and read text, signs, or other characters in mine.



Try reading the same sign twice, and see what happens, .....

Most people will find that the text has changed, or becomes nonsensical the second time around. This is because the content of your dream is very fluid, genrated quite randomly on the fly. So if you try and re-read a sign you already read, it will most likely have changed, and you will kinda know it's different.

This is a technique a lot of people use to get into lucid dreaming. If you can somehow discover you are dreaming (and the reading thing works for me, mostly) you can then control your dreams to some extent. Although I get very little time once I realise I'm dreaming, and start to wake.

devils_reject
11-24-05, 10:20 AM
well I did dream in color last night, but It was very distorted. Just kidding, what about picture-in-picture?

tablariddim
11-24-05, 10:27 AM
Or fast forward; or freeze!

Zephyr
11-24-05, 12:55 PM
If I can be bothered and I write them down, then the next day I will remember dreams much more vividly.
Also, one of my friends claims to remember his dreams vividly every single night. Dunno if that's true or not.

That's a technique to help you remember dreams. If you write them down every day they become easier to remember over time. I've tried it for a week or so.

I'm pretty sure I dream in colour - I read that the black and white thing had to do with the TVs of the time. I've certainly read in dreams, but often if I try to concentrate on a visual detail in the dream my mind comes up with an excuse like 'the room is too dark' or something ... quite irritating.

I wonder how closely this relates to visualisation ability. Does anyone here have a visually oriented memory, or even a photographic memory? I'd be interested to hear how they dream ;)

One dream I had, a cellist was playing something and I thought "that's soandso's concerto". Then I woke up and thought "drat, no, that's whatsisname's concerto..." So I can definitely hear music in dreams, but piece identification was impaired!

Avatar
11-24-05, 01:12 PM
It wasn't impaired in one dream which I remember to me, I very clearly was once listening in dream to Caprices No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1 for solo violin by Niccolo Paganini.
I very like that piece, so I recognized it even in dream and the melody was still in my head when I woke up.

p.s. sorry for the horrible grammar, but I'm just back from lectures, am tired and no desire to write something right

Avatar
11-24-05, 01:31 PM
p.s. I avoid lucid dreaming, it sucks, takes away "magic" from the dream experience, imo.
I can "lucid dream" while daydreaming, there is no use of doing that while asleep, only spoils the dream.

devils_reject
11-24-05, 02:04 PM
I will dream in High definition from now hence forth

tablariddim
11-24-05, 02:31 PM
One dream I had, a cellist was playing something and I thought "that's soandso's concerto". Then I woke up and thought "drat, no, that's whatsisname's concerto..." So I can definitely hear music in dreams, but piece identification was impaired!

I love it when I listen to music in my dreams; I can only remember it happening twice in my lifetine, the last time was 3 weeks ago and it was me playing a new original piece on my guitar, but I can't remember the tune.

Oxygen
11-25-05, 10:43 AM
I can read in my dreams as well as reading in the waking world. I have no problems with music. Sometimes I play instruments that I have no skill with (clarinet, saxophone, mostly woodwinds). My forte is stringed instruments, and in my dreams I play far better than I do in the waking world. I can't read sheet music very well in either world.

I can also dance well when I'm dreaming, but when awake I have all the style and grace of a drugged elephant. (Actually, I'm being modest. A friend who's into ballroom dancing says I don't do half-bad. Still, in my dreams I'm like Gene Kelly, Mikhail Baryshnikov (sp?), Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire rolled into one.)

I had a dream one night where all I did was watch my cat while she was sleeping. In my dream I wrote a poem about her which I remembered on waking. I wrote it down and stuck it into my file of wierd things from my dreams.

kmguru
11-25-05, 11:16 AM
I normally dream solutions to complex problems of our time that I have watched during the day in TV or talking to friends....for example I dreamed of a process that knocks off electrons from a large scale alloy (like solar cells) that produces mega watts of electricity by exposing it to somekind of fluid at high pressure....

EmptyForceOfChi
11-27-05, 10:20 PM
i dream in colour and i sometimes see colours that i cant describe but they are more vibrant and detailed like flowing energy glowing colours i know no words for,


peace,

Kyle Nathan Shostak
12-10-05, 12:34 PM
./`

Oxygen
12-10-05, 09:13 PM
Yeah, I've always heard that if something happens to kill you in a dream, you'll wake up right before you die. That doesn't happen for me. If I fall from a great height, I get the whole rush of falling, the impact, the fade to black, everything. Same with getting shot, dying in a car crash, etc.

Avatar
12-11-05, 01:23 AM
When I die in a dream I usually respawn in the same dream some episodes before the death and go through the same again and try not to die. In some rediculous dreams it has been for 8 or more times.

Arquibus
12-11-05, 03:15 AM
I dream in color only, although the color isn't always right...you know, like watching a bad TV. As for dying, I have died several times in dreams, but always in the third person, and the dream went on a bit afterwards.