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Dreams and Reality are merging. What differentiates this reality from that of a dream? And when will the two become indistinguishable?

The quote "reality is not only stranger than you think, it's stranger than you can think." comes to mind when I ponder dreams & reality.

For the aware out there I'm sure they've noticed 'glitches' in reality or situations taking place that only happen in dreams. But are these events becoming more and more popular? Or are there simply more people identifying them?

Have you ever really wondered why you don't realize you're in a dream(most) regardless of how nonsensical it is?

I dream long and vivid dreams... and something tells me I've been there longer than one nights sleep ;)

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    Feb 6 2013: The unconscious is the silent, wise part of the mind. We can only get a taste of what's in there when the busy, noisy, wakeful conscious mind is quietened. Dreams allow that glimpse, and so too do daydreaming and meditation.

    For all their bizarreness and tangential associations, dreams do have purpose. Not least for memory consolidation, forming connections, clearing up mental clutter etc. "Sleeping on it" really does have beneficial effects: When we're confronted with a seemingly unfathomable problem during the day, sleeping and dreaming really can help in clarifying possible solutions (as can daydreaming).

    Science may excel at breaking dreams down into the objective relationships between neurotransmitters, synapses, stimuli and chemicals, but no amount of fMRI scans could ever throw enough light upon the existential, metaphysical aspects of dreaming and how they actually make us feel.

    I too have vivid dreams and try to write the gist of them down in a notebook before the memory of them disappear. I try to analyse them when I wake. Some of them defy analysis, but others show quite clear relationships to the things I typically worry about. The link to reality is to my wakeful past, I think, but in a way that informs my personal future - rather than predicting it.

    Dreams as predictors of realities as yet unknown, remains a bit too outlandish and God-like for me to believe. But if there's any truth in Jung's hypothesis of the "collective unconscious", then who knows...?
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    Feb 7 2013: Dreams remain in the realm of dreams until they become reality; reality could begin as a dream; but it is what it is.
    The things that are seen are made from the things that are unseen.
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    Feb 17 2013: Are you pointing out our waking perception of reality is just something going on in our heads, much like dreams when we are asleep.

    Suggest our human minds are obviously imperfect. I guess there is lots of science on dreams, perception, and consciousness in general. Probably ideas on why we might dream from an evolutionary perspective. Why we need to sleep in the first place etc. Not sure how speculative this is.

    I guess our dreams hook into much of the machinery used for waking perception, hence real and vivid feeling. I suspect religious revelations and hallucinations are much the same.

    I have heard some stories about people who hear voices actually using a recording device that on playback does not have any voices and used this to determine the voices are just in their minds.

    Interesting most of us are partially paralysed when we sleep and dream. But some flaws in terms of sleep walking, even lashing out while asleep and hitting your partner.

    Suggest our minds misfire locally , rather than broader reality. Our perception has the glitches.

    But then again our minds are part of reality, so in away a small part of reality is having a glitch.
  • Feb 6 2013: I haven't been bothering with it recently but lucid dreaming seems very real Also, the hypnosis people suggested that what is imagined is hard to distinguish from what is real Also, our memories can change from what really happened.