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Conjoined Dreamers

 Conjoined Dreamers

Is the dream world a solitary creation of the sleeping mind, or can we share these spaces of fear, wonder and desire with other dreamers? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore Carl Jung’s collective unconscious as well as the science of linked dreaming via computer interfaces. See more »

The Nine Dream Worlds of Frederik van Eeden

 The Nine Dream Worlds of Frederik van Eeden

Have you ever desired a map of the dream world? Look no further than the ideas and practices of Dutch psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden. Influenced by Hindu philosophy, mysticism and panpsychism, van Eeden coined the term 'lucid dreaming' along with eight other specific states of dreaming. Join Robert and Christian as they explore his seven kingdoms of sleep. See more »

Power of the Nap

 Power of the Nap

Why do we feel so refreshed after a power nap and so sapped after a mega nap? Do coffee naps work and just what sort of benefits can we get out of an extra 20 minutes in the hammock? Explore the answers in this episode of the STBYM podcast, then feel free to take an optional catnap. See more »

Listener Mail: Strange Sleep and Past Lives

 Listener Mail: Strange Sleep and Past Lives

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie once again call forth the robot and take care of some accumulated listener mail on strange sleep, lucid dreaming, reincarnation and other topics. See more »

H.P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Cybperpunk Dreamlands

 H.P. Lovecraft's Cosmic Cybperpunk Dreamlands

It's Halloween season, so in addition to trying out a new creepy read ("House of Leaves"), I'm also enjoying an old favorite: H.P Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath." It's the tale of dreamer Randolph Carter's epic journey across the world of dreams, full of ghouls, gugs, zoogs, night gaunts, unspeakable monster gods and of course house cats. It's one of my favorite Lovecraft tales, so I've read it a couple of times before -- but like all great works of fiction, it speaks to you a little differently each time. So in 2012, I eased into the text with a head full of Stuff to Blow Your Mind science fodder. See more »

Oh the Lucid Dreams we Weave ...

 Oh the Lucid Dreams we Weave ...

" Whether we’re awake or dreaming our neocortex is always shuffling about data and creating stories. But what if you could enter your dream and become the master of your fate? Join Julie and Robert as they weave a tale about how and why we lucid dream. See more »

Virtual Sex and Linked Dreaming

 Virtual Sex and Linked Dreaming

Imagine a future in which astronauts engage in virtual encounters with Earth-bound spouses. What sort of technology will make this possible? In this episode, Julie and Robert discuss computer-mitigated sexual experiences and linked dreaming. See more »

 Blow Your Mind: Can my nightmares kill me?

We've all experienced frightening or horrifying dreams, but can our nightmares really scare us to death? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I discuss the CDC's investigation of 18 sleep deaths in the 1980s -- deaths that inspired horror director Wes Craven to create his "Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise. We'll discuss the condition known as Brugada syndrome and discover how it can cause an otherwise healthy adult to die in their sleep. See more »

Extreme Sleep: Parasomnia

 Extreme Sleep: Parasomnia

Most of us take sleep for granted, but there’s a world of bizarre slumbers out there that only parasomniacs understand. Enter the world of sleep walking, eating, paralysis, violence and snoregasms. Join Robert and Julie to learn more about extreme sleep. See more »