The Science & Psychology Of Lucid Dreaming

Nov 26, 2012

The Grinch of dreaming is J. Allan Hobson.

 Starting in the 1970s, Hobson - a Harvard psychiatrist and dream researcher - led a movement against Freud's notion of dreams as a secret garden of trauma, drama and hidden meaning. Hobson called this "the mystique of fortune cookie dream interpretation."  Hobson's unromantic argument, if I understand it correctly, is that sleep ushers in a lot of pretty random brain activity - none of it full of meaning - and that the forebrain clumsily attempts to make sense of what is essentially a meaningless core dump of images and half-thoughts. Today on the show, we'll talk to dream theorists who are prepared to go well beyond Hobson. High on the menu for today is the notion of lucid dreaming, in which the dreamer is able to steer the direction of his or her dream, possibly even gaining insights and solving problems.  Email your comments to or tweet us @wnprcolin.