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Is Life A Dream And Reality A Fantasy?
 
# 1 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 03:14
 
 
Well - do you sometimes think we are all locked into an elaborate fantasy like in The Matrix and reality is just a dream? Or am I simply exhibiting wishful thinking?
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# 2 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 04:20
 
 
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# 3 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 05:50
 
 
The fact you posted this thread feels almost prophetic. I had a terrifying dream last night which I believe was fantasy based on the reality of the anti-social behaviour I experienced in 2005-8 (with some changes). I dreamt youths had broken into my home. Sortof felt like a time-travel dream but the fact the thugs never got into my home makes me fear it may also be a portend of future anti social behaviour.

There has always been a close relationship between my dreams and real-life. I stopped watching "Most Haunted/Dead Famous" etc. on LivingTV channel because ghosts were appearing in my dreams. However I still like horror films but don't watch them as much as I watched the others which was almost every night once.
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# 4 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 08:51
 
 
I have often wondered why some want to relate their dreams to others, as if looking for some significance in a dream which will have a greater bearing on their lives. Quite apart from the fact that relating a dream is tedious, dreams are not foretellers of things to come nor wonderfully revealing of our "true" selves.
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# 5 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 12:54
 
 
Someone said :
Well - do you sometimes think we are all locked into an elaborate fantasy like in The Matrix and reality is just a dream? Or am I simply exhibiting wishful thinking?

Perhaps you are simply overthinking life........ Best to enjoy the reality that is your life unless it's crap then dream all you like..
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# 6 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 13:00
 
 
Maybe for him "overthinking" life is what makes him enjoy life?
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# 7 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 18:08
 
 
I find that I have very intense, vivid dreams where I seem to follow "alternate" realities on my life path.

How can we be absolutely certain that the so-called reality we experience on a day to day basis is actually real? We can't.
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# 8 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 19:44
 
 
Someone said :
I find that I have very intense, vivid dreams where I seem to follow "alternate" realities on my life path.

How can we be absolutely certain that the so-called reality we experience on a day to day basis is actually real? We can't.

Someone once said life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced.... This is very simplistic but to me very true........
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# 9 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 20:11
 
 
Half remembered bad science below :

Sleep is the brain's way of discarding useless memories (e.g., background noise on a train journey) and storing important information and even planning for future possibilities.

I read in the Guardian yesterday that the brain can't perform certain duties whilst we are awake - in the same way you can't have a party and clean up at the same time. So as soon as we sleep (the party is over) the brain starts sorting through the days events and cleaning up.

It could be that dreams are the sideshow that keep us amused while all this important stuff is happening in the background.
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# 10 : Saturday 19-10-2013 @ 21:10
 
 
Freud would have enjoyed lunch with Jupiter.
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# 11 : Sunday 20-10-2013 @ 18:29
 
 
Statistically its more likely that we are living in simulation than not...

I wouldn't be surprised, but would it make any difference to how we behave

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# 12 : Sunday 20-10-2013 @ 20:32
 
 
Someone said :

I wouldn't be surprised, but would it make any difference to how we behave

Exactly. Even if we are living in a simulation, we can't break out of it, there's no escape.

As Professor Fredrick Mercury of the University of Queen put it: "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide - no escape from 'reality'."
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# 13 : Sunday 20-10-2013 @ 21:46
 
 
"We are all aware that the senses can be deceived, the eyes fooled. But how can we be sure our senses are not being deceived at any particular time, or even all the time? Might I just be a brain in a tank somewhere, tricked all my life into believing in the events of this world by some insane computer? And does my life gain or lose meaning based on my reaction to such solipsism?"

Project PYRRHO, Specimen 46, Vat 7 (Subject termination advised)
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# 14 : Monday 21-10-2013 @ 06:51
 
 
Events yesterday are also making me reassess this question. Everything is going missing lately. First Super Mario Galaxy (for Wii). Then prescriptions I looked for in my flat yesterday. It's almost like they never existed. But I used them before so they did (the prescription had 3 allowable dispensations on it of which I had used one).

I'm starting to link it with a recent dream I had that someone broke into my house. It's like in one parallel world they came and took the prescription and game, and then when I wake up in another they are gone....
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# 15 : Monday 21-10-2013 @ 09:34
 
 


...I could be that you are living in a simulated reality Eamonn, and a continuity error in the software has caused a glitch!

...or it could be that you mislaid the prescription.

Hard to know which!
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