Dreaming: A Gateway to the Unconscious?

Panel Discussion December 7, 2016

Where do our dreams originate from, and what do they tell us? Is there a universal set of symbols that are common to all dreams, regardless of a person’s ethnicity or culture? What does dreaming reveal about the unconscious? Why do some dreams remain etched in our memories, whereas others are almost instantly forgotten? Some scientists have adopted the position that dreams are little more than noise in the brain, without any substantive purpose or function. Yet such a stance seemingly runs counter to the experience of many people who reflect upon and even analyze their dreams, often in search of clues to their daily lives or insights into their deeper selves. Similarly, in virtually all wisdom traditions, dreams are invoked as an important source of revelation or prophecy. Our panel of experts examines dreams from a variety of perspectives, including how they might be interpreted and even directed in some cases.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Deirdre Leigh Barrett Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Program at Harvard Medical School
  • Kelly Bulkeley Director of the Sleep and Dream Database
  • Rubin Naiman Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona


  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume brings together leading scientists and scholars to probe the vast and mysterious realm of the unconscious through a mix of disciplinary perspectives.

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About This Series

This event is part of the Unlocking the Unconscious: Exploring the Undiscovered Self series, which brings together leading scientists and scholars to probe the realm of the unconscious mind through a mix of disciplinary approaches, including neuroscience, cognitive psychology and psychotherapy.



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