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Anil Rajvanshi

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Can sleep and dreaming help in removing useless memories?

Recent researches have shown that sleep helps in unloading of memories. Can sleep and dreaming process be so controlled that the painful memories could be removed?

Deep sleep and meditation may have similar characteristcs as explainesd in this article. http://www.nariphaltan.org/sleepmeditation.pdf

Is it possible that sleep may help first in removing the useless memories and then remebering the dreams may remove others. This is just an idea for debate and discussion.


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    Sep 14 2013: Thank you for your article. I do think sleeping can make me healthy and energetic. Every morning, when I wake up , it's the pleasant feeling that I've forgotten some unhappiness and pains in my dream. However, I sometimes forget some useful messages after my sleeping ,too(like English words or date of appointments). :) And how about mesmerization? which is more effective to remove people's useless memories?
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      Sep 30 2013: Mesmerization cannot remove memories.
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        Sep 30 2013: memories can't actually be removed.
        They CAN be modified, and in fact they are modified every time you recall them. Just as a sheep will cut a path in the grass by walking there.

        If another pathway is established that over-powers a specific memory, then that memory will atrophy over time.

        When I talk about pathways .. I am not just talking about a single path .. it is more like where a path is practical in a mountain-pass - the actual topology of memory includes the mountains as well as the valleys - a new pass is established that gets you there quicker than the old one - the old mountains remain except for where the new pass is cut.

        In neuron-space this is millions of neurons and the topology between them defining what is mountain and what is valley.

        Our thoughts are rivers finding their way to the sea.

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