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|AFTER THE FLOOD AND THE PIG-EARED BABY ALLIGATOR: by Skiznot; 1994-96, an oracular dream
My hometown floods. I swim after some strange fish and find a scientific community where a scaled baby tells me who I am...
|AGASSIZíS FISH: by Louis Agassiz, ca. 1840: subliminal, psychic, or just a great guess?
Agassiz, faced with a fossil he had to crack open, was unsure where to strike. But for three nights he dreamed...
|ANIMAL SPEECH, ANIMAL ESP: by Wayan; 1997/7/31, from Wayan's journal.
When you really observe animals in language programs it's obvious WE'RE the ones missing a lot...
|ANTIGRAVITY RESEARCH: by Mary Arnold-Forster; 1905?, a dream of teaching dreamflight
Iím showing the Royal Society how to levitate. Confidence is the main thing. I teach a hesitant Fellow to lift off...
|AROO'S ENGINEERS: by Wayan; 1984/11/9-10, a Hawaiian dream epic.
The Engineers make Eden logical. But the blimps go blind, and a demon gets published. Can I escape the hell they've made?
|A BEAGLE, THREE WOLVES, AND A SETTER: by Wayan; 2009/2/6, a dream of wolf-training; Dreamverse #50
Fresh off the Beagle, Darwin and friends meet three wolf-girls on a train and exhibit a Pavlovian (or Biblical) reflex...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM, PUNS
|THE BELL CURVE: by Wayan; 1995/2/22, an essay on IQ
My take on IQ, racism, Murray and Herrnstein's notorious book, and the theory of multiple intelligence. As an (ex)child prodigy it's not theoretical for me: broken hearts, broken trust, broken ribs...
CAUTION: LONG WORDS, RAMPANT ELITISM, GENIUS SHOPTALK
|BLACK MAGIC: by Wayan; 1986/11/10, a dream of love and rage; Chapter 8 of UNICORN TAG, though it can stand alone.
A packet of magic soup mix transports me to the secret wizards' lab in our attic. They're trouble enough, but they've called up a demon they can't handle: the furious Black Unicorn...
|DETACHABLE PENISES: by Wayan; 2012/8/9, a brain-mapping conundrum dream
I don't have an erection. I have two. But how can my brain register feelings from an extra organ it's not built for?
CAUTION: PHALLIC SYMBOLISM? OR SOMETHING ELSE?
|DINO SINGULARITY: by Wayan; 2012/3/30, a paleontological speculation in a dream.|
Peering through a spacetime portal, I suspect not all the dinosaurs went extinct--would we spot an ancient Singularity?
|DREAMWORK IN A DECADENT AGE: by Wayan; 1997/11/19, a short essay
Sprague De Camp says religions seduce us with emotional comfort. Is dreamwork science or faith?
|THE ETHICS OF LUCIDITY: by Wayan; 1994/2/19, a thoughtful dream on time and cause.
I'm at a symposium on how our beliefs alter not just the future, but the PAST...
CAUTION: CONTAINS IDEAS
|THE EXPOSURE OF HUMANITY TO THE VACUUM OF SPACE; 1999/6/5 by Anonymous #37; a brief apocalyptic nightmare
One patch of the night sky had a huge number of stars compared to the rest; there was no atmosphere in that portion of the sky...
|FIREBOWL: by Wayan; 2013/9/14; a diagnostic/climatological/futurological dream
I'm at a huge Native American powwow on climate change in the prairie states. They could become not a new dustbowl, but a firebowl! As I wake wondering about the fire hazard I find I'm running a fever! And the dream hints what caused it...
|FIRST DREAMFLIGHT: by Wayan; 1969/11/11, two dream-results from my first dreamwork experiment.
I never flew in my dreams. I felt cheated. So one day I set out to CREATE dream-flight...
|FLY WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE: by Wayan; 1998/8/31, a dream of flight and lies.
My recent attitude changes are so big, I can fly now. Yet I hide them, lie to my family... why?
|GIRAFFETAUR GROVE: by Wayan; 2009/7/27, a science-joke dream hiding serious diagnostic advice
I meet the new improved giraffe people with hydraulic chrome skeletons--such light, powerful jaws and stretchable necks. Wow, Lamarck is back!...
CAUTION: ANTICREATIONISM--THAT IS, ACTUAL SCIENCE
|THE GREAT WAVE: by Wayan; 2009/4/24, a dream-poem about the future; Dreamverse #52
I find myself sketching the slope of progress up to the coming singularity, and suddenly seeing a hidden stability...
|HANDMADE DIMENSIONS: by Wayan; 2009/3/2, a how-to dream.
I meet an interdimensional traveler. Her navigational technique is unbelievably rough! Yet it works...
Is it time to drop my belief that math and science are always necessarily precise?
|HAWKING COUNTRY: by Wayan; 1994/2/3, a quantum-level dream.
I read Stephen Hawking, and dream I'm in the Quantum Desert, full of bridges, holes, and loops--like the microstructure of spacetime. But it's not alien at all--it's HOME!
|HITLER'S GETTING CRISPR: by Jennifer Doudma; fall 2015, a nightmare on CRISPR, a gene-editing tool, by a leading researcher
It was Hitler. He had a pig face, and he was taking notes. He said 'I want to understand the uses and implications of this amazing technology'...
|HORTA'S EGGS: by Wayan; 1984/1/17, a dream of re-evaluation.
I fight to save 50,000 eggs that'll hatch psychics. But my friends want to exterminate them! Am I wrong?
|HOWL: by Wayan; June 1983, a picture-poem on a daydream of deep time
Surely the dinosaurs were as vocal as their cousins, the birds. But bass to birds' soprano. So when dinos sang to the moon...
|IO: by Wayan; 2007-2015, a model of Jupiter's moon Io
I'm fascinated by Io's feverish colors and tumultuous landscape, so I sculpted a detailed portrait and came to some conclusions about what I'm seeing...
CAUTION: AMATEUR SCIENCE, OH NO!
|THE IRRATIONALITY OF DREAMS: by Wayan; 1989/12/31, a New Year's dream.
On TV, the first Jungian anima to leave the unconscious is granting an interview. But the questions are...
|KEKULE: by Friedrich Kekulé, 1858 & 1865, two problem-solving dreams.
Kekule dreamed solutions to the thorniest structural chemistry problems of his era not once but twice...
|LET'S IMPOSE: by Wayan; 1992. Nondream digital painting.
Engineers! How they do love to impose clean lines on our messy world...
|THE LIMIT OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE: by Wayan; 1974/3/13, a dream of madness.
Deep in the caves, a Voice announces I've gone as far as the human mind can stand. But ahead, I see...
|LOEWIíS NOBEL DREAM: by Otto Loewi, 1920, a dream that led to a Nobel prize.
Loewi thought nerve impulses were transmitted chemically, not electrically. But he couldnít prove it, until one night...
|THE MURDERS: by four Wayans! 1971/7/14; a family has simultaneous psychic nightmares.
Nearly everyone in my family dreams of a mass murder as it happens nearby. But my dad's sure it's his own evil id, and my mom clams up, and my sister forgets. And me? I doubt the whole thing for ten years, until...
CAUTION: NIGHTMARE VIOLENCE
|NUCLEUS: by Wayan, 1979/3/18, a surreal psychologically insightful dream of the inside of an atom
I dream my theatre friends are particles dancing inside an atomic nucleus--particles that reveal their character, motivations and power. And I'm one too...
|THE OBSERVER EFFECT, OR, WATCH THE WATCH: by Wayan; 1997/1/21, a dream of time and opticks.
After seeing an Einstein biography I find myself in the bathrooms of Thought-Experiment High, and...
CAUTION: DARK SIDE OF AN ICON
|THE PERIODIC TABLE: by Dmitri Mendeleev; 1869/2/17, a dream solving a key scientific problem
"I saw in a dream a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper..."
|PERSONAL CHAOS THEORY: by Wayan; 1994/12/4, a spiritual math dream.
My life is a mess, so I take a class on the four flavors of chaos, and find my Strange Attractors are shifting...
|PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 19 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
|THE PLANETOCOPIA INTERVIEW: David Cole of "Whose Fault is That?" questions Wayan; summer 2009, updated 2012
The roots and reasons and back-stories for the nineteen virtual worlds making up Planetocopia...
|THE PLOWSHARES PROGRAM: by Wayan; 2017/11/12, a feverdream warning of high-tech's failure rate
Looks like this underground nuclear test will leak. Minutes from detonation, we flee up the spiral stair and out across the sand. Can we run far enough in time?
|PRECAMBRIAN SLEUTH, or, MURDER BY ATMOSPHERE: by Wayan; 2013/6/2, a shamanic warning dream.
I'm a detective in a research station two billion years ago. No one warns me the ancient atmosphere isn't just anoxic, but deadly...
|QUOD VITAE: by Rene Descartes; 1619/11/11, three mystical dreams.
In one night Descartes had three dreams convincing him he had to change the course of his life...
|RHAMPHORHYNCHUS: by Wayan; 1996/11/12, a waking premonition.
Biking, I find myself chanting a dinosaur name. I don't even know what it is. At home I open a novel, and a Rhamphorhynchus appears, politely defined for me by our obliging universe...
|SAGAN: by Wayan; 1996/5/3, a psychic dream in response to Carl's challenge.
Carl Sagan on the radio mocks ESP and UFOs. So I dream of a flying pewter teapot, and wake to learn...
|SAINT HELENA: by Edmund Halley; 1676, a predictive dream.
Astronomer Edmund Halley had dreamed of sailing to St Helena in the South Atlantic, but didn't realize until he arrived how accurate his dreams had been...
|SCIENCE IS A BUILDING THAT COMES ONLY HALFWAY TO THE GROUND: by SAO (Shawn Allen O'Neal); March 2001, a painting of a dream-scene.
In the golden light of a primal Eden, my friends and I flock naked through emerald glades like wild deer, until the tower approaches...
|SHOUT IN A CROWD, or, How to Survey Galactic Civilization: by Wayan; dreamed 2014/4/15, a dream exposing what my brain's up to when I forget my dreams!
I wander the galaxy in my dreams, finding and testing crowds to see if anyone reacts to the sound of English or Chinese. One in a thousand does! This implies...
CAUTION: SCIENCE AND SHAMANISM DON'T MIX (or do they?)
|SLEDDING NEAR C: by Albert Einstein; around 1890-95; a transcendent career-advice dream
Sledding at night, I approached the speed of light, and the stars turned colors I'd never seen...
|SLEIPNIR: by Wayan; 1987/3/31, a dumb physics dream.
I'm at a physics conference. A new force has been discovered that may allow faster than light travel...
|SOCK PUPPETS OF THE GODS: by Dee and Wayan; 100K, 1994/4/14. Parallel shamanic dreams!.
A dance classmate asks a bizarre question that haunts me. That night I dream I'm suicidal--nearly kill myself. Then I'm shown the flow of human development--the same pattern, from souls to civilizations! Eddies and knots recur, but each time, the challenges get more spiritual. I wake up stunned. Then I learn what a shaman I know just dreamed--and now I'm unsure whose dream this is.
|SPLAT!: by Wayan; 1995/12/11, a science-fiction dream.
Our physics project is top secret, but a stranger strolls into a meeting and opens a can of green light...
|SUPPORT TEAM: by Wayan; 2005/6/6, a dream-comic on what creative leaps need
I'm a married couple--the cook and laundress for an English observatory in 1948. Why are we testifying to a Labor Party committee that we WANT to be servants? Well...
|TREFIL, ON SCIENCE: by Wayan; 1994/1/26, a rant on dreamwork as science.
In an oneirophobic society, it's easy to forget that when you do dreamwork, you're doing basic science. No funding, no team, no lab coat? Can't be science! Unless they mistaught us what science is...
|UFOLUTION: by Wayan; 1997/12/19, a comic science rant
Okay, say evolution is driven by things (I don't care what) besides natural selection. How could you tell?
|VAMPIRE TESTS: by Wayan; 2015/8/22, a lurid dream-response to a quiet day
Captain Kirk is testing vampire myths on a world where they don't bleed you dry. At the moment, three vamps are sitting in a tent in a sunny meadow, queasy but alive...
CAUTION: FINANCIAL VAMPIRES?
|THE VERIZON EXPERIMENT: by Wayan; 2014/3/31, three linked dreamlets, the last apparently predictive & self-flagging
1: A nature spirit's physics experiment proves that time forks. The question is, how much? How dense is the multiverse?
2: I sketch and sculpt a model of the possible multiverses. A physicist likes it; the nature spirit likes it more. She swipes it...
3: A literary friend tries to install refugees in my bedroom, crowding me and my work into a corner. I wake. The phone rings. My other literary friend...
|WATERCATS: by Wayan; 170K, 1987/9/10; a psychic dream of another life.
I'm a biologist who finds an 'extinct' species in a slum. But the survivors speak: they tell me I'm one of them, just hypnotized to think I'm human... And when I wake, another kind of cultural hypnosis is exposed:
|WORLD-BUILDERS: by Wayan; 2006, nondream: Planetocopia's sources
The life experiences, writers, artists and scientists that inspired the building of Planetocopia...
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