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Brian Nuckols: Ontology of Dreams, Pt. 1 | WSB #9

October 10, 2017

What are dreams? A popular contemporary view says there isn't much to them - they must be something like the brain's defragmenting of the day's loose associations. Whatever the merits of this deflationary view, there's no question that they feel like much more - like events we undergo in some other realm, perhaps some different layer of reality. After a powerful personal experience with lucid dreaming, Brian Nuckols became fascinated by the many theories of the ontology of dreams. In this first part of this interview, Brian recounts how dream analysis and lucid dreaming affected his own life. He then dives deep into the interpretation of dreams held by the Runa - indigenous people living in the forests of Peru. Finally, he takes us through a survey of the history of major theories of the ontology of dreams - from the pre-Socratics all the way through to Nietzsche.

Next week: Brian Nuckols on Dreams, Pt. 2: Freud and Jung

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Special thanks for Jackie Blum for the podcast art, and The Tin Box for the theme music.

How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn