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Lucid Dreaming’s Potential For The Science Of Parapsychology
May 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM EST | R. WAGGONER


Robert Waggoner


Scientific evidence for lucid dreaming, or the ability to become consciously aware while in the dream state, has been shown through conscious signaling of pre-determined eye movements while dreaming in a sleep lab (Hearne 1978, LaBerge 1980). Since that time, lucid dreaming has been largely used to study the dream state in situ and its relation to physically oriented phenomenon (counting time in a dream, physiological correlation of dreamt and waking activities, etc.). Among experienced lucid dreamers, anecdotal evidence has suggested that conscious awareness in dreaming could be used as a platform to explore parapsychological activities commonly associated with dreaming, i.e., precognition, clairvoyance, telepathy, interaction with the deceased, interaction with numinous awareness. Consciously aware in the subconscious, the lucid dreamer appears to have a unique vantage point to explore these areas and perform pre-conceived scientific experiments. For example, a lucid dreamer could become consciously aware in the dream state and then seek out precognitive information desired by an experimenter, receive the information, and then provide that 'forward looking' information to the experimenter upon waking and before the event. Such a simple demonstration would overcome many of the scientific concerns about precognitive dream reports; namely, they appear to be retro-cognitive or can be explained by subtle environmental hints, clues, etc. As an experienced lucid dreamer, the presenter will discuss a number of these lucid dreaming anecdotes which suggest psi abilities. While certain challenges exist to procuring information consciously in the dream state and waking with it, the considerable knowledge of experienced lucid dreamers could assist with the development of appropriate experimental designs.


Robert Waggoner is President-elect of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and author of the new book, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. He graduated summa cum laude from Drake University, BA, in psychology (1981), and has logged approximately 1,000 lucid dreams.


Hearne, K.M.T. (1978). Lucid dreams: an electrophysiological and psychological study. University of Liverpool: Doctoral dissertation.

LaBerge, S.P. (1980). Lucid dreaming: an exploratory study of consciousness during sleep. Stanford University: Doctoral dissertation.


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