Re: virus: Re: virus-digest V1 #114
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 08:59:49 -0600 (CST)

On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, Ken Pantheists wrote:

> > This is hogwash. Dreaming is not necessary in order for our minds
> > to function.
> Not that we're ever going to verify this:
> Let's see you be awake for 72 hours continuously, without any chemical
> boosting
> *******************************************************
> There have been studies denying people the Dream-sleep that the brain
> requires.
> They monitor the brain waves and wake a person every time they start to
> enter the state where dreaming occurs.
> I have no solid source, but the subjects were pretty fucked up after
> several nights of sleeping w/o dreams.

Or rather, there are multiple solid sources, and I can't recall which of
ten to cite....

The exact area "fucked up" is short-term memory. The capacity,
reliability, and speed plummet drastically. Since my work creates a
rather severe demand for REM sleep [beyond my ability to get it via
sleep], I have had to research ways of duplicating its effects reliably
while awake. None of these bypasses is 100% effective, but they are
better than *nothing*.

/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd