Monday, January 12, 2009

Listening to:

KQED Public Forum radio
There's a really interesting forum interview on "The Secret History of Dreaming" with author Robert Moss. Robert Moss is a native Australian who worked with the Aborigines to study dreams and their meanings and the effect of dreams on shaping major events in history. I've always been curious about what dreams are or why we have them, and although some approaches to this topic could seem incredulous, this one is actually quite interesting.

From Amazon's product description of this book:
What do the first major oil discovery in Kuwait, Mark Twain’s fiction, and Harriet Tubman’s success conducting slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad have in common? They were all experienced first in dreams. Dreaming is vital to the human story. It is essential to our survival and evolution, to creative endeavors in every field, and, quite simply, to getting us through our daily lives. Robert Moss traces the strands of dreams through archival records and well-known writings, weaving remarkable yet true accounts of historical figures influenced by their dreams. With eloquent prose, Moss describes beautiful Lucrecia de Leon, whose dreams were prized by powerful men in Madrid and then recorded during the Spanish Inquisition, as well as the fascinating dream correspondence between Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung. The Secret History of Dreaming addresses the central importance of dreams and imagination as secret engines in the history of all things human, from literature to quantum physics, from religion to psychology, from war to healing.

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