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136. Antonio Zadra – When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep

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Dr. Antonio Zadra is the author of When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep alongside co-author Robert Strickgold, they detail a new theory on why we dream and call it the NEXTUP model. Antonio is a researcher who focuses on the scientific study of dreams, including everyday dre
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Dr. Antonio Zadra is the author of When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep alongside co-author Robert Strickgold, they detail a new theory on why we dream and call it the NEXTUP model. Antonio is a researcher who focuses on the scientific study of dreams, including everyday dreams, nightmares, lucid dreams, sleep terrors, and sleep walking. Together with his students and collaborators, Antonio has published over one hundred research articles and collected thousands of firsthand dream reports. 



Antonio is committed to balance – balance between a sense of presence and an ability to plan for the future and balance between soaking all he can out of life’s moments without becoming too caught up in things either good or bad.  As a college student, a dream turned him to psychology, which led him to fulfill his ultimate aim of studying dreams and becoming, as he styles it, an oneironaut.  Through his many roles as a professor, author and speaker, Antonio has approached dreams with both scientific rigor and childlike curiosity. He grounds himself in objective study while losing himself in explorations of the mysterious worlds our sleeping selves create.



If you’re interested in understanding yourself, the world, life on a deeper level, if you’re intrigued by dreams – what they are, where they come from, how we use them, why they even happen, then you’ll like today’s guest.    



“Dreams are really any kind of subjective experience we have while asleep.” – Dr. Antonio Zadra







This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:



What is an oneironaut?How Dr. Zadra became a student of dreamsHow frustration with misconceptions about dreams eventually produced a bookHow the idea for When Brains Dream expanded and came to include a new theoryWhat this new theory behind dreaming entailsDreaming is not equivalent to REM sleepHow Dr. Zadra defines a dream and thinks about different valuations of dreamsWhy “Dreaming is Like Taking LSD” and what the Grateful Dead have to do with telepathyHow to (not) explain the dreams of Mendeleev and a woman who won the lotteryThe science of the brain at play in some seemingly miraculous dreamsHow dreaming, neural integration, monitoring, and evolution interrelateHow the scientific and academic communities are responding to this new theoryWhy Dr. Zadra is fascinated by dream charactersWhether anyone can learn how to navigate lucid dreams with proficiencyHow dreams shape Dr. Zadra’s worldviewThoughts on headlamps, smoking, igloos, listening, patience, and not wasting moneyWhy Dr. Zadra has mixed feelings on whether or not to call himself a writerWhy he considers fiction writing very enjoyable but harder than scientific writingThe value of enjoying the journey rather than fixating on the endpointHow marketing and promotion are difficult and in many ways out of our handsThe value of coherence and enjoyment in a work of fictionFinal thoughts on sleep, paying attention to dreams and the appreciation of books







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When Brains Dream, by Antonio Zadra and Robert StrickgoldTHE DREAMKEEPERS: An Invictus Mystery Thriller, by Dr. Zadra“Dreaming is Like Taking LSD” by Dr. ZadraWorks by Carlos Castaneda“A Pilot Study in Dream Telepathy with the Grateful Dead,” by Stanley KrippnerMendeleev’s<a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/big-history-project/stars-and-elements/knowing-stars-elements/a/dmitri-mendeleev#:~:text=Mendeleev%20wrote%20the%20atomic%20weight,each%
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