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In the third millennium BCE,
Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets.
A thousand years later,
Ancient Egyptians wrote a dream book
listing over a hundred common dreams and their meanings.
And in the years since,
we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream.
So, after a great deal of scientific research, technological advancement, and persistence,
we still don't have any definite answers, but we have some interesting theories.
We dream to fulfill our wishes.
In the early 1900s,
Sigmund Freud proposed that while all of our dreams, including our nightmares,
are a collection of images from our daily conscious lives,
they also have symbolic meanings,
which relate to the fulfillment of our subconscious wishes.
Freud theorized that everything we remember when we wake up from a dream
is a symbolic representation
of our unconscious primitive thoughts, urges, and desires.
Freud believed that by analyzing those remembered elements,
the unconscious content would be revealed to our conscious mind,
and psychological issues stemming from its repression
could be addressed and resolved.
We dream to remember.
To increase performance on certain mental tasks,
sleep is good,
but dreaming while sleeping is better.
In 2010, researchers found
that subjects were much better at getting through a complex 3-D maze
if they had napped and dreamed of the maze prior to their second attempt.
In fact, they were up to ten times better at it
than those who only thought of the maze while awake between attempts,
and those who napped but did not dream about the maze.
Researchers theorize that certain memory processes
can happen only when we are asleep,
and our dreams are a signal that these processes are taking place.
We dream to forget.
There are about 10,000 trillion neural connections
within the architecture of your brain.
They are created by everything you think and everything you do.
A 1983 neurobiological theory of dreaming, called reverse learning,
holds that while sleeping, and mainly during REM sleep cycles,
your neocortex reviews these neural connections
and dumps the unnecessary ones.
Without this unlearning process, which results in your dreams,
your brain could be overrun by useless connections
and parasitic thoughts could disrupt the necessary thinking
you need to do while you're awake.
We dream to keep our brains working.
The continual activation theory proposes that your dreams result
from your brain's need to constantly consolidate and create long-term memories
in order to function properly.
So when external input falls below a certain level,
like when you're asleep,
your brain automatically triggers
the generation of data from its memory storages,
which appear to you in the form of the thoughts and feelings you experience in your dreams
In other words,
your dreams might be a random screen saver your brain turns on
so it doesn't completely shut down.
We dream to rehearse.
Dreams involving dangerous and threatening situations are very common,
and the primitive instinct rehearsal theory
holds that the content of a dream is significant to its purpose.
Whether it's an anxiety-filled night of being chased through the woods by a bear
or fighting off a ninja in a dark alley,
these dreams allow you to practice your fight or flight instincts
and keep them sharp and dependable in case you'll need them in real life.
But it doesn't always have to be unpleasant.
For instance, dreams about your attractive neighbor
could actually give your reproductive instinct some practice, too.
We dream to heal.
Stress neurotransmitters in the brain are much less active
during the REM stage of sleep,
even during dreams of traumatic experiences,
leading some researchers to theorize
that one purpose of dreaming is to take the edge off painful experiences
to allow for psychological healing.
Reviewing traumatic events in your dreams with less mental stress
may grant you a clearer perspective
and enhanced ability to process them in psychologically healthy ways.
People with certain mood disorders and PTSD often have difficulty sleeping,
leading some scientists to believe that lack of dreaming
may be a contributing factor to their illnesses.
We dream to solve problems.
Unconstrained by reality and the rules of conventional logic,
in your dreams, your mind can create limitless scenarios
to help you grasp problems
and formulate solutions that you may not consider while awake.
John Steinbeck called it the committee of sleep,
and researcher has demonstrated
the effectiveness of dreaming on problem solving.
It's also how renowned chemist August Kekule
discovered the structure of the benzene molecule,
and it's the reason that sometimes the best solution for a problem
is to sleep on it.
And those are just a few of the more prominent theories.
As technology increases our capability for understanding the brain,
it's possible that one day
we will discover the definitive reason for them.
But until that time arrives, we'll just have to keep on dreaming.
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【Ted-Ed】人為什麼會做夢? Why do we dream? - Amy Adkins

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Hao-wei Huang 發佈於 2018 年 2 月 20 日   Dennis Wang 翻譯   Kristi Yang 審核

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每個人都有做夢的經驗,但每個夢的形式、場景都因人而異 (像小 V 小時候會重複做一樣的夢),今天要來看看你為什麼會作夢?人為什麼會需要做夢呢?原來夢的內容跟現實生活息息相關!這部影片的講解真的讓人大開眼界,一起來看看吧!

1millennuim0:07
millennuim 是「一千年」、「千週年」,我們常常聽到「聯合國千禧年宣言」就是 United Nation Millennuim Declaration
In 2000, 189 heads of state ratified the Millennuim Declaration.
在2000 年,189 位國家領導人簽署了《聯合國千年宣言》。


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邁向新生的布達佩斯 (Budapest Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia)


2stem from1:13
stem from 是「起源於...」的意思,動詞 stem 搭配固定的介系詞 from ,也可以說 originate from,例如:
We stem from an ancient life form that began living about three and a half billion years ago.
我們是從 35 億年前的一種古代生命發展而來。

Many Chinese idioms stem from historical stories.
許多中國諺語源自歷史故事。


3neural2:04
neural 是形容詞,指「神經的、神經系統的」,我們常常聽到 neural network 就是「神經網路」,或是 neural network 「神經連結」,而 neural 的名詞是 nerve
He suffered severe neural damage in a car accident.
他在一場車禍中受到嚴重神經損傷。

Dopamine consolidates neural connections in order to drive us to perform the same activity in the future.
多巴胺會強化神經連結,驅使我們在未來做同樣的事。


*同場加映:
【TED-Ed】自發性大腦活動如何維持生命 (How spontaneous brain activity keeps you alive - Nathan S. Jacobs)


4traumatic4:01
traumatic 是形容詞,指「外傷的、創傷性的」,影片中提到的「創傷後症候群」(PTSD) 就是 Post-traumatic Stress Disorder。
In fact, dream emotions can help real therapists treat patients undergoing traumatic life events.
事實上,夢境中的情感能幫助臨床醫學家治療那些經歷過意外事件創傷的病患。

Alcohol and drugs could lead to traumatic brain injury.
酒與毒品可能導致創傷性的腦損傷。


5scenario4:43
scenario 指「場景、情境」,通常指「未來可能發生的場面」,也常用來形容「夢魘」,另外 scenario 也有「電影腳本」意思。
Let us imagine the best-case scenario outcome.
讓我們想像一下未來最好的情況。


原來夢對於我們來說這麼重要!小 V 好想加入自己腦袋裡的「睡眠委員會」,想要知道它們都在討論什麼。夢藏著很多我們不知道的寶藏,不管大家做的是好夢還是惡夢,希望大家在忙碌的生活中都可以好好睡覺、休息,我們下次見囉!

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