The conclusion summarizes the book’s argument that dreaming is a primal wellspring of religious experiences, beliefs, and practices. Scientific research on big dreams shows that the naturalistic workings of the sleeping brain can generate extraordinary states of awareness, otherworldly visions, and startling creative insights. The evidence is strong that the neurocognitive architecture of sleep sets the stage for vivid and highly memorable dream experiences that many people find religiously meaningful. The book ends with reflections on a dream reported by Charles Darwin, the early theorist of evolution. Darwin’s bizarre dream of a failed execution offered a memorable vision of playful, transcendent heroism in the face of social and moral condemnation.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.