Scientific Studies Show Dreamers May Read Minds, Predict Future
Scientific Studies Show Dreamers May Read Minds, Predict Future

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Dreams have fascinated humans since the dawn of history, and in recent times a wealth of research has been done to explore this common yet extraordinary phenomenon. 

Here are a couple of studies that suggest dreamers can access the thoughts of other people or predict the future.  

1.  Telepathy Explored at Dream Laboratory at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, 1962

Test subjects who had no history of extra-sensory perception (ESP), but who did believe that it could exist, spent the night at the lab.

A person would sit in a room about 40 feet away from the sleeping subject. The two people would meet briefly before the experiment began, but then they would be separated with no further interaction. The person sitting in the room would be given a randomly chosen postcard-sized reproduction of a well-known painting. The chosen paintings varied widely in style and subject matter.

While the sleeping person was in rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep, the state in which dreaming occurs, the person holding the picture in the other room was told to increase his or her concentration on the picture.

The dreamers would give accounts of their dreams and how they felt about their dreams after waking up. Multiple independent judges compared the pictures with the dreamers’ accounts to see if there were similarities.

“Analysis of the subjects’ rankings produced ten ‘hits’ and two ‘misses,'” explains Montague Ullman, psychiatrist and founder of the Maimonides Medical Center, and psychiatrist Jon Tolaas, in the paper “Extrasensory Communication and Dreams.” 

An example of one of the “hits” was the dream of a young female teacher. The picture on which the person in the adjacent room concentrated was Rufino Tamayo’s “Animals.” In the painting, two dogs are howling and showing their teeth, with bones lying around them that have been picked clean and a large, black rock in the background.

The young woman dreamed of eating meat, mentioning meat and eating ribs multiple times in her account and also mentioning eating greedily. She had another dream during the session about a place called Black Rock, Vermont (such a place does not appear to actually exist). She was sitting on one of the rocks at the beach and she said “I felt like that mermaid from Black Rock.”

Another example given was of a man who dreamed of a “French Quarter,” or an early village with quaint, romantic architecture. It was festive, like Mardi Gras he said. He also dreamed of bees flying around flowers. The corresponding painting was Marc Chagall’s “Paris From a Window,” which depicts a colorful Paris skyline with flowers in the foreground.


2. Dr. Gary Schwartz Studies ‘Dream Detective’ Christopher Robinson


Dr. Gary Schwartz received his doctorate from Harvard, taught psychiatry and psychology at Yale, and is now a professor at the University of Arizona. He was approached by Christopher Robinson who said he has the ability to predict the future in dreams. 

The challenge was set up: 10 day trips would be planned to varying locations in the area and Robinson would have to predict in his dreams what he would see in the various locations. Schwartz set up elaborate controls so that neither he nor Robinson would have any idea which locations had been chosen and to ensure that the locations were randomly chosen.

An example of Robinson’s success is given in a video posted on Schwartz’s website (see below). What Robinson saw in his dream seemed to predict a trip to the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tuscon. The sun is studied from the observatory and the observatory also shares its mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory. Robinson dreamed that he had two newspapers, one called The Sun and one called The Mirror. He rolled them up like telescopes and looked up at the sky through them.

He had also seen in his dream technical equipment, screens, and a mountain.

Schwartz said: “As a scientist, the only conclusion that I can reach thus far is that Christopher is the real deal, meaning this is not fraud, this is not cold-reading, this is not just coincidence, this is not just vague information. Christopher is getting specific, detailed information that is way beyond what you could explain by chance.”

But Schwartz cautioned that he views Robinson’s success not as proof, but as evidence that is interesting enough to warrant further investigation.

Once we accept that such abilities exist, said Schwartz, other profound questions arise.

“The next question is, ‘Where is it coming from?’ The answer is ‘We don’t know,'” he said. “At this point, it’s just speculation.” He said the complexity of the information conveyed “requires that we be open to looking for a superior intelligence for the source of this information.”

Another question, said Dr. Schwartz, is “Why is this information being given and why Christopher?”

He believes Robinson’s attitude and sense of responsibility has a lot to do with it. Robinson wants to use his abilities for good. He feels a social responsibility and does not want to exploit his power. Robinson was willing to travel to Arizona to be tested at his own expense. He does not seek personal gain through his ability, and on the contrary, he endures ridicule. 

Schwartz also pointed out that Robinson does not want to have his ability misrepresented, “which includes, by the way, not being afraid to stand up for the fact that the information appears to be intelligent.” 

*Image of woman sleeping via Shutterstock

  • RockyFjord

    Well, I’ve experienced some things along this line. I suspect the organism had certain abilities that civilization has rather bred out of them, but may still be latent among some individuals.
    For example, people may have a homing instinct that few ever access. Recently I was half asleep, which is when my intuitive self is most active, and I felt an impulse to email my friend in the Kremlin and suggest setting the Crimean vote up to between the 10th and the 20th. After sending the email, I checked Russian TV news, and learned the date had been set up to the 16th. So some would say it’s in the Zeitgeist, and no doubt some things are as this might have been. But other times I have proffered ideas that then someone develops and claim as their own, when the idea was so original, that I know who the only author was. Such was the case of the TV show “Numbers,” which idea I sent to Brad somebody, CEO of CBS Entertainment, circa 1997. They even used my idea suggested for the pilot. But I was never credited or given a dime. Well, this is how the real world of business and corporations work, all immoral and greed.

  • rg9rts

    Maybe the precognition is more on a personal level. perhaps seen as dejavu at a later time.

  • Ryan

    Interesting concept. I feel I should gather all the studies on dreams and compile some sort of database for this as a more definitive study you know. well actually as a reference for researchers and scientist folks. If you anyone knows of other studies, we should post links to them. I have retro and precognitive dreams every once in a while, you don’t realize until after the fact so its hard to say its precise, but I do believe that there are individuals with actually manifested true precognition, be it in dreams or visions or whatever you want to call it. I like the statement about information being intelligent.

  • JasmineStarlight

    I had dreams that came true, I believe in it, whatever energy source it comes from…. I wish it would happen more often to me. I have read that, it’s your subconscious solving problems at night, when the brain can’t fight some solutions, discarding them as not feasible right way.
    I dreamt a number once, that came to have a great significance to me later in life. We don’t all the ways of this universe—mysteries still abound us :)

  • AskandTell

    The shared dreams concept is fascinating; communicating telepathically.

  • Kenneth J. DeVries

    I occasionally recognize dream scenes, situations or objects a few days later in waking life, but they are always perfectly useless and irrelevant things, often scenes in movies which I have never seen before. I painted a picture of an illustration in a pamphlet that appeared in a dream and 8 or ten years later my wife and I decided to go see a movie at a local university, not even caring what it was, only knowing that it was Japanese and we had never heard of it before. The final scene of the movie essentially duplicated the scene in the painting. When we got home I got the painting out and we just looked at it and couldn’t really say anything. What can you do with a thing like that? It serves no purpose except to confuse and puzzle us.

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