Category: Curiosity

Why We Must Remain Modern

The first mathematical models that were applied to the financial markets were crude models of what really happens. They were of little direct use for actual investors because they were too weak to make predictions....

A Gift from the Gods

Around 1400 BcE—about 3,400 years ago—a young Egyptian prince named Thutmose goes hunting one day in the hot desert on the Giza Plateau. Thutmose is the son of the pharaoh Amenhotep II, and his...

Dreams in decline

As Christianity spread throughout Europe and the classical world, dreams went further into decline. The great pagan dream temples were converted to Christian churches or were shut. In the thirteenth century St. Thomas Aquinas,...

Science Ventures into Dreamland

Scientific study of dreams began in earnest in 1953 when research ers at the University of Chicago verified that a dream is likely to be in progress during rapid eye movement (REM). This phase...

The virtual reality of lucid dreaming

Dreaming is usually a passive activity. Dreams happen automatically. The dreamer does not cause a dream to happen and does not control it. Lucid dreaming is different: It is the awareness that one is...

The Astral World

The Astral World

Where do people go when they dream? Is there a single destination or many destinations? The ancients believed that dream-ing involved literal travel to another place where the rules of time and space are...

The Psychic Side of DreamsThe Psychic Side of Dreams

The Psychic Side of Dreams

One night in August 2001, a man in Iowa has a terrifying night-mare. He dreams that a plane crashes into a tall building some-where and many people die. The dream is so vivid and...