What is it about dreams that makes the preposterous believable?
For example (of course you knew that was coming!): In a recent dream I watched helplessly as I tried to gain the attention of a person (who does not like dogs in reality) for help with an immediate need while they were digging tunnels and holes in our backyard for the neighbors' dogs to play in. Why was I perplexed at all? Why couldn't I use my reason and say, "This isn't happening because you don't even like dogs"?
Of course we all dream, but mostly I don't remember the dreams once I awaken. Why, then, do I remember some of them?
Andy Coghlan cited a study in Rome, Italy, for his article on NewScientist.com stating that "even when we are asleep, the same parts of our brains are on the alert for things to remember. These are often events that are emotionally charged and that the brain deems important, whether we are awake or not."
More explanation came from an article on LiveScience.com by Bahar Gholipour, which simplified the result of another study: "Altogether, the results suggest the brain of high recallers may be more reactive to stimuli such as sounds, which could make them wake up more easily. It is more likely a person would remember their dreams if they are awakened immediately after one".
Neither of these, though, answer my question of why I couldn't use my reasoning powers to end the craziness. That's ok. Maybe it is better that we don't have all of the answers. What do you think?