Robert Schunk
Registered Senior Member
One of the scientists on tonight's episode of "Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman", which is a physics-based popularization of (usually) cosmological questions, made a major logical boo-boo on a calculation. He was calculating the amount of time each day that we spend conscious, both while awake and while dreaming in REM sleep. Assuming that we are awake 16 hours each day and asleep 8 hours, and that REM sleep is 20% of our sleep time, 20% of 8 is 1.6, 1.6 is 10% of 16, ergo, he says we spend one-tenth of our conscious time while dreaming.
The total time we spend conscious each day, both asleep and awake, must equal 16 hours awake PLUS 1.6 hours dreaming, therefor we spend, not one-tenth of our conscious lives dreaming, but one-eleventh!
Sheesh!
The total time we spend conscious each day, both asleep and awake, must equal 16 hours awake PLUS 1.6 hours dreaming, therefor we spend, not one-tenth of our conscious lives dreaming, but one-eleventh!
Sheesh!