3 The Quantum Dispersal
degree by the energy in the cosmos and in society, we do not doubt, but we are far less affected by its impacts than by the balance of what we retain, night after night or sleep after sleep, from these impacts. Dreams are one of the activities of the self in sleep. Because from outside we can observe REM (Rapid Eye Movements) we can be sure that the self has access to the energy that activates the muscles of the eyeballs and we can use this fact (in the waking state) in reflecting on what happens in sleep: that the dreamer affects some muscles selectively in the state of sleep. But observation stops there, and the research on REM requires that we wake the dreamer up to enquire from him or her what the matter was. When the supremacy of the waking self is no longer entertained, REM is no more than another item to be considered. In sleep the self is as much at the helm of what needs to be done as when it walks or talks in the other state. Perhaps more so for some of us: because we can use the entire storage of experience available in the system from conception and do in continuity what in the waking state takes long periods of our life. Since dreaming is the only activity of sleep we transfer (be it only in part) to the threshold of wakefulness, we only know dreams as part of our sleep and in our waking state identify sleep with dreaming. Thus, not only do we now know, when awake, what sleep is, but we also delude ourselves into thinking that dreaming is what we do when we sleep, and stop attempting to know what the real function of sleep is, or even of dreaming.
"Is there any hope that we may ever know what death is? Since it is a problem of knowing, we need to find the epistemological devices that w...