New studies into how we can awaken during dreaming are helping researchers locate the specific brain region where our lucidity originates. I'm not wholly convinced by this, especially prefaced with the weird techno-optimism of becoming 'godlike beings,' but I am interested in lucid dreaming and the neurology of consciousness.
In my last column, about the future evolution of technology and the approaching “Singularity,” I began with an invitation to envision what it would be like when the full-flowering of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence arrives, and we become indestructible, super-powered, godlike beings.
In this week’s column I reveal how you can do this tonight, if you wish, by awakening in your dreams, and taking control of your dream body as an avatar.
This ability to become consciously aware that one is dreaming, while it is happening, is called a “lucid dream.”