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List of dreams

List of dreams

On Several Occasions Throughout history dreams -have-been credited for Causing very significant events. This includes problem-solving, decision-making, and apparent precognition while dreaming . These phenomena have been interpreted in various ways.

Notable dreams

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Mary Shelley ‘s Frankenstein Was inspired by a dream:

“I saw the pale of the body and the face of the body.” I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy , half-vital motion.Frightful must be for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous Creator of the world. ” [1]

The sewing machine

Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1845. He had the idea of ​​a machine which would be a piece of cloth but he could not figure out exactly how it would work. In his dream, cannibals were preparing to cook and they were dancing around the fire waving their spears. Howe noticed the head of the spine and the hole up the shaft and the up-and-down motion of the spears and the hole remained when he woke. The idea of ​​passing the thread through the needle, but not at the other end, was a major innovation in making mechanical sewing possible. [2]

The Terminator

Director James Cameron said the titular character in The Terminator was inspired by a soaring fever . It was a vivid dream where a gleaming figure of doom emerged from fire; a metallic, skeletal monster with a smile and burning red eyes, dragging along the floor with kitchen knives . He states: “I was sick and dead broke in Rome , Italy , with a fever of 102, doing the final cut of Piranha II,” That’s when I thought of Terminator, I guess it was a fever dream. ” [1]

Descartes’ new science

Descartes claimed that the dreams that he had on November 10, 1619, revealed to him the basis of a new philosophy, the scientific method . quote needed ]


The scientist Friedrich August Kekulé discovered the seemingly impossible chemical structure of benzene (C 6 H 6 ) when he had a dream of a group of snakes swallowing their tails. [3]

Double Helix structure of DNA

Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED 2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick , discovered the structure of DNA. James Watson , co-discoverer of the structure of DNA , reported stumbling upon the double helix image for the DNA chain through his dream of a spiral staircase. [4] [ disputed – discuss ]


Paul McCartney Claimed to-have dreamed the melody à son song Yesterday . After he woke up, he thought it was just a vague memory of some song. As it turned out, it was completely thought up by him, and it became the most often covered pop song in the world. [2]

(I Can not Get No) Satisfaction

Keith Richards has been invited to the riff to the song (I Can not Get No) Satisfaction . He ran through it once before falling asleep. He said when he listened to it, it was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before you could hear him drop the pick and “then me snoring for the next forty minutes”. [3]

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson dreamed the plot for his famous novel . [4]

Tintin in Tibet

The Belgian comics artist Hergé was plagued by nightmares in which he was chased by a white skeleton, whereupon the entire environment turned white. Hergé drew a goal, but Hergé drew an entire story set in a white environment: the snowy mountaintops of Tibet . Tintin in Tibet (1960) has not only been discontinued but has worked as a therapeutic experiment, but the work is also considered as one of its masterpieces. [5]

Prophetic dreams

Several historical people have experienced dreams which they believe to be warped that they were to die after they woke up.

Roman Emperor Caligula had a dream in which he saw himself standing before the throne of Jupiter. This planet was held in high esteem by Jupiter (or Jove), which was comparable to the Ancient Greek deity, Zeus. In the dream Caligula being visited by Jove via this God kicking him down to Earth. This was seen as a premonition of his death. Caligula ignored the dream and was indeed murdered the next day.

New York lawyer Isaac Frauenthal had a dream before borading the RMS Titanic . “It seemed to me that I was in a hurry to make it happen.” He had the dream again when on board the Titanic, and was so alert to the danger when he heard about the iceberg collision. Frauenthal survived the sinking. [6]


As divination

Further information: Precognition § In dreams

A way of understanding this phenomenon is that some dreams are messages from a god, or the future. This thought has been held by many military leaders (such as Hannibal ) who planned battles from dreams, and Descartes, who changed the course of his life after his scientific dream. According to Carl Jung , [7] psychic energy might be operative.

Aristotle in his Onion and Divination in Sleep . His criticism of these claims appeals to the fact that “the sender of such dreams should be God”, and “the fact that those to whom he sends them are not the best and only, but only commonplace persons.” Thus “Most [so-called prophetic] dreams are, however, to be classed as mere coincidences”. [5]


The psychological role that dreams play is not fully understood. These events have been interpreted as having some sort of organizing function. This theory suggests that it is an “unlearning process” in which our brains bring up material to be thrown out like a computer attempting to clean itself of things we do not need to remember. That is, the subconscious organizes things, solves these problems, and then communicates them to the individual via a dream. (see Dream interpretation ) The hypnagogic state is sometimes referred to as alien abduction, apparitions, or visions.

As coincidence

Main article: Activation synthesis theory

Another way to describe this phenomenon is that they are likely to have a negative impact on their lives. Dream researcher Ernest Hartman comments on the current dream theories proposed by biologists. Such a theory suggests that dreams are basically random and are the product of a poorly functioning brain during sleep. If there is any meaning to dreams, it is a good idea to make the best of a bad job.

Thus the predictive value of dreams is moot. [8] [9]

Dreams which appear to be precognitive may in fact be the result of the “Law of Large Numbers”. Robert Todd Carroll , author of The Skeptic’s Dictionary put it this way:

“Say the odds are a million to one when you have a dream of an airplane crash, there is an airplane crash with 6 billion people having an average of 250 per night, there should be about 1.5 million people who have dreams that seem clairvoyant. ” [10]

In his book The Interpretation of Dreams , first published at the end of the nineteenth century, Sigmund Freud argued that the foundation of all dreams is the fulfillment of wishes, conscious and devoid of psychic content. Some of Freud’s patients and their strange dreams are well known in psychotherapy , such as Irma’s injection , Wolf Man , and Dora . In his discussions with Carl Jung , Freud referred to parapsychology and precognition as “nonsensical.”

See also

  • Tetris effect


  1. Jump up^ “Cameron James – How to direct a ‘Terminator ‘ ” . Terminatorfiles.com. 2012-04-24 . Retrieved 2014-08-25 .
  2. Jump up^ “Famous Dreams” .
  3. Jump up^ Keith Richards – In His Own Words by Mick St Michael,Omnibus Press, 1994, page 24.ISBN 0-7119-3634-X
  4. Jump up^ http://www.brilliantdreams.com/product/famous-dreams.htm
  5. Jump up^ Goddin, Philippe (2011). The Art of Hergé, Inventor of Tintin: Volume 3: 1950-1983 . Michael Farr (translator). San Francisco: Last Gasp. p. 108. ISBN  978-0-86719-763-1 .
  6. Jump up^ http://wormstedt.com/GeorgeBehe/page9.htm
  7. Jump up^ Jung, CG, “On the Nature of the Psyche”, Princeton University Press, 1960
  8. Jump up^ Hartman, Ernest, MD, “Biology of Dreaming,” Charles C. Thomas Publications Ltd, 1997
  9. Jump up^ Hartman, Ernest, MD, “Boundaries In The Mind” New York, Basic Books, 2002
  10. Jump up^ Law of Truly Large Cow
    • ^ Wollstonecraft Shelley, from her introduction to Frankenstein
    • ^ A Popular History of American Invention. (Waldemar Kaempffert, ed.) Vol II, New York Scribner’s Sons, 1924
    • ^ http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=AOP.014.0163A
    • ^ FA Kekule (1890). “Benzolfest: Rede” . Berichte der Deutschen Chemischen Gesellschaft . 23 : 1302-11. doi : 10.1002 / cber.189002301204 .
    • ^ Stephenie Meyer, from her website. [6]
    • ^ On Divination in Sleep