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Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion

Kelly Bulkeley


“Big dreams” are rare but extremely vivid forms of dreaming that make a strong, lasting impact on waking consciousness. Experiences of big dreaming have played prominent roles in religious and cultural traditions throughout history. This book provides an original, evidence-based analysis of big dreams drawing on research from cognitive science and the comparative history of religions. The goal is to shed new light on the classic theory of Nietzsche, Tylor, and others that the origins of religion can be found in dreaming. This theory has always appealed to anthropologists and philosophers, but ... More

Keywords: dreams, big dreams, cognitive science of religion, psychology of religion, sleep, religion, origins of religion, nightmare, anthropology of religion

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351534
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly Bulkeley, author
Visiting Scholar, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California

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