Sleep, Consciousness, and Lucid Dreaming - Panel Discussion





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Published on May 29, 2016

This video documents the panel discussion at the symposium on "Sleep, Consciousness and Lucid Dreaming" in Austin, Texas, which occurred on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The symposium explores realms of human life accessible to all of us every day including – as well as apart from – the default mode of “here and now.”

We are all conscious beings. We sleep every day – and, apart from our often longing for sleep, we hardly think about it except when it goes wrong. And nowadays, sleep “goes wrong” so often. The symposium starts by taking a more profound look at human sleep, and examines how it goes right, why it goes wrong, and what may be done about this.

It then opens the door to a presentation on consciousness, including some of the latest research on this obscure, often taken-for-granted phenomena. Yes, we are conscious, but what does that mean. Our “consciousness” … is it always a consciousness of something? Is it our mode of access? A neurophysiological phenomena? An impenetrable mystery? And, looking at all of this, where does investigating the relationship of mind to brain take us?

And what of the remarkable phenomena of lucid dreaming? Lucid dreams are dreams in which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. And furthermore, lucid dreamers can exert a degree of control over the characters, narrative, and environment of these dreams. Can all of us experience such lucid dreams? And furthermore, can we all learn to have these dreams regularly, and even master the actions associated with influencing our own dreams in the directions we desire?

In this symposium, three outstanding world-class guest authorities come together in Austin to address these issues: Wallace Mendelson addressed the topic of sleep, Stephen LaBerge lucid dreaming, and David Presti consciousness.


Robert Abzug, Ph.D. (UT Texas at Austin)

Robert J. Barnhart (MAPS/Heffter Research Institute)

Marcin Moskalewicz, Ph.D. (Texas A&M/Poznan University of Med. Sciences)

Michael A. Schwartz, M.D. (Texas A&M)

This Symposium is organized thanks to generous grant from Robert J. Barnhart

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