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The Unconscious Mindep5
Does where you're from change how you dream?
Prof. Sidarta RibeiroProf. Sidarta RibeiroHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript46m
The study of dreams is a fascinating journey through neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, history and anthropology. How do dreams differ around the world, and what do they tell us about the world itself?
The study of dreams is a fascinating journey through neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, history and anthropology. Does where you're from change how you dream?

Dreams form part of literature throughout ancient times and the Middle Ages, all the way through to the modern day. In many ways, by sharing our dreams we are sharing our desires and fears - creating the possibility of collective action - which has been hugely transformative in our evolution. But how have we allowed the unconscious human mind to transform the world around us from the point of view of sleep and dreams?

Prof. Sidarta Ribeiro is the author of The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreaming, and founder of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. Sidarta joins us in The Garden to explore how dreams differ around the world, and what they tell us about our world itself.

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Hi, Sidarta. I’m Stella, Brazilian living in Norway and can relate very much to your story about feeling sleepy in a dark and snowy weather :) What is the biological (not sure if this is the right term) difference between people who remember a lot of their dreams and people who often have almost no reminiscence of it? And how does this remembering (or not remembering) affect the brain based on the benefits dreaming bring to us?
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Could Déjà vu be an event of mind where a past dream comes to the present moment in your mind?
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Thank you for such a fascinating talk. I love dreams and think about them often, but I haven't analysed them for meaning or context. I'll definitely do that from now on! Using dreams to promote action and create social value: what a splendid motto!Julia
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