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While reading Chapter 5, I was able to resonate with a lot of the material and information presented regarding the psychology of sleep. For instance, neurocognitive theory brought up the fact that children's dreams tend to be a lot simpler than those of adults. Children dream about things like animals in the zoo, whereas adults tend to have dreams that are a little more meaningful, such as things that concern their every day life: life being single, self-consciousness about their appearance, etc.
I've noticed that as I've grown older, I've put a lot more thought into my dreams upon waking up. When I was younger, my dreams were simply pointless events that didn't hold much significance, but a lot of things I've been dreaming about recently have made me think about the way I'm living my life. It's funny how whenever I get into a fight with someone important, sooner or later I'll have a dream that reminds me of their importance in my life, which suddenly makes my problems with them less significant.
Another part of this chapter that stuck out to me was the part regarding near-death experiences. I think that the scientific evidence concerning these instances is very fascinating, but I'm left wondering how religious folk would respond to these claims? Many people have used this as evidence for the after life and might take offense to these findings, however factual and scientific they may be. Matters of science vs. religion are always intriguing to me.
Neurocognitive Theory and NDEs
Blog Post 2