I've recently agreed to write a book on dreams with my long time friend and exceptional researcher, Robert Stickgold from Harvard. Here's a look at what to expect from the book, set to be published in spring 2020 by W.W. Norton & Company.
Why do we dream? Where do these nightly imaginings come from? Do dreams hold psychological meaning or are they merely the reflection of random brain activity? Questions on the origins and meaning of dreams are as old as humankind and, to this day, continue to excite, confound and intrigue people from all walks of life. WHEN BRAINS DREAM: THE SCIENCE, THE MYTHS AND THE MYSTERY addresses these core questions about dreams. Written by two world-renowned sleep and dream researchers, WHEN BRAINS DREAM explains what dreams are, explors the function and meaning of dreams, our long struggle to decipher them, and the cutting edge science that is beginning to unlock their remarkable secrets. At the same time, it debunks many myths about dreams while acknowledging the mysteries that continue to envelope both the science and experience of dreaming.
I’ve also been working on a psychological thriller that blends dream mythology with sleep science. The project, entitled ANUMIA, grew out of my interest in ancient conceptions of realities underlying the dream world as well as my scientific work on the sleeping mind. The novel is the first in a planned series that will explore the nature of human dreams as well as their interplay with wakefulness.
If you’d like to learn more about either project, please join my mailing list and I’ll be happy to keep you posted on any developments.