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Wikenigma - an Encyclopedia of Unknowns Wikenigma - an Encyclopedia of the Unknown

Dreaming

The content and purpose of dreams are not yet understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history.
Source : Wikipedia

Not only is the function of dreaming unknown (if there is one), but there isn't as yet an agreed definition of what it is.

Nevertheless, after several centuries of research, more than a dozen formal theories proposing reasons for dreaming have been proposed - including :

  • Memory consolidation theory
  • Threat simulation theory
  • Activation synthesis theory
  • Empathy theory
  • Emotion regulation theory

Some are complementary, others conflicting. None has been generally accepted.

See Wikipedia

Further info International Association for the Study of Dreams

Note:
Freudian theories of dreaming have not been included in the above list due to lack of any scientific validation.


Also see Sleepplugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigSleep

"“The purposes and mechanisms of sleep are only partially clear and are the subject of intense research” Source Wikipedia"

Although extensive research in humans and animals has shown unequivocally that sleep is essential, the reasons why it's required are as y…


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