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The Dreaming Mind: Waking the Mysteries of Sleep

Thursday, November 17, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Where do our dreams come from, why do we have them, and what do they mean? Can we harness them to foster creativity, solve problems, and prepare for the future? What’s happening in the brains of so-called lucid dreamers, and can new developments in this cutting-edge field of research help us unlock the mystery of consciousness itself? Researchers Deirdre Barrett, Ken Paller, and Antonio Zadra join Brian Greene for a discussion about the wonder, mystery, and power of the dreaming mind.

This program is part of the Big Ideas series, supported by the John Templeton Foundation.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Deirdre BarrettPsychologist

Deirdre Barrett is a Lecturer and dream researcher at Harvard Medical School. She has written five books including Pandemic Dreams and The Committee of Sleep and is the editor of …

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Ken PallerNeuroscientist

Ken Paller is the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Northwestern University. His work focuses on sleep, memory, and consciousness, and the recent groundbreaking research he conducted with colleagues …

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Antonio ZadraPsychologist

Antonio Zadra is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Montreal and an investigator at the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine. Tony’s work explores lucid …

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