We spend years of our lives moving through our dreams, a phenomenon that has puzzled humans since the time our Paleolithic ancestors were falling asleep, nestled in caves beneath the stars. In this presentation by neuroscientist and author Sidarta Ribeiro, we’ll explore dreaming from a variety of perspectives; diving into the past and tracing its evolution, and understanding how it came to play a central role in human history and psychology. We’ll look at the dreams that mark major life transitions in the human experience, and examine our contemporary understanding of what happens to our memories when we dream, drawing from biology, chemistry, psychoanalysis, philosophy, and personal narratives. In today’s modern society, the art of dreaming has been almost entirely neglected. It is of utmost importance to reclaim our ancestral capacity for dreaming as it occupies a central place among the skills our species needs to survive the socio-environmental crisis we have brought upon ourselves. The next time you lay your head down on your pillow, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what dreams are and how they’ve shaped our world today, as well as new tools to examine your own dreams in relation to your waking life.
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Sidarta Ribeiro is the founder and first director of the Brain Institute of Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, where he is professor of neuroscience. He has a PhD in Animal Behavior from Rockefeller University in New York. His research topics encompass memory, sleep and dreams, neuroplasticity, symbolic competence in in non-human animals, computational psychiatry, and psychedelics. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles and 5 books. His latest book is The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreams (2021).