Sleep and Creativity

What roles does sleep play in human creativity? Can we learn in our dreams? Join Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick for a look at famous accounts of dream inspiration and scientific research into the link between creativity and sleep. And yes, they want you to tell them your dreams. 

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.

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.

The Wonder of Comics: Hans Rickheit

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.

Listener Mail: Strange Sleep and Past Lives

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.

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.

Oh the Lucid Dreams we Weave ...

Whether 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.

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.

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.