I have always found dreams to be extremely interesting. To many people, dreams are just outlandish stories that our minds make up while we sleep, but dreams are much more than the nonsensical ramblings of a dormant mind. I have always wondered if dreams are happening in slow motion, or if dreams give us the ability to somehow tell the future. I figure we maintain some sort of conscious connection to the outside world while we sleep, because there are some dreams that include events that occur concurrently with external stimuli that have a direct effect on the dream. If you have ever had a dream in which you found yourself falling or sky diving, often times you end up waking up during an actual fall from bed, only to find yourself confused and possibly a little frightened. I know everybody has not had one of these falling dreams, but for those who have, it can be quite strange and interesting. It calls to question whether you started to dream as you were falling this short distance, or if the fall was because of the dream, either way, the dream was interacting with what was happening in the conscious world. I would love to believe that dreams can give us super sensory abilities, but unfortunately I simply don’t find that possible. My best explanation and guess for what is happening during dreams is that our minds are acting very quickly, and due to the quick change from being sleeping to being awake, we have a momentary delay between the dream world and reality. Perhaps we aren’t falling in real life, but just reliving the memory of a fall as we wake from a falling dream. I would love to be able to run tests on my ideas of the dreams connection to the actions of the body, but unfortunately I don’t have the funds or equipment for such a venture. I will just have to keep my wild ideas about dreams in my sleep where they belong, until somebody decides to fund my research.
A picture is the closest we can get to traveling back in time at this moment. I understand that we have advanced video capabilities in this day and age, but there is just something about a picture that sets it apart. Whenever you look into a photo, you are basically given full control of the context of a situation, that is why ten people could look at the same photo and view it completely differently. There is an old saying that states, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and I have seen the truth in that statement thousands of times. I was recently looking through some old photo albums, and while I was a child in many of these photos, I felt as though I was tossed back in time to those wonderful days. I saw a cool photo of my oft arguing older siblings, who were then toddlers, getting along wonderfully, and I was left to wonder what had changed in the 20 something years this photo was taken. The photo showed two well behaved children playing together but it didn’t show the incidents leading up to that joyous moment, perhaps they where fighting minutes before or after this photo was taken. The joy of photography is the fact that the viewer of the photo is not bothered with the context surrounding the picture. Pictures have stayed the most popular form of memory preservation because of the fact that they don’t tell the whole story, but still manage to encompass every emotion and word possible in presenting it. I am certain that if humans last another 200 years here on earth, photographs will be just as informative and useful then as they are today in recreating our view of the past and preserving our memories in the future.