Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind by J. Allan Hobson

Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind

byJ. Allan Hobson

Paperback | October 28, 1999

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With a new foreword by the author.

In this book, J. Allan Hobson sets out a compelling -- and controversial -- theory of consciousness. Our brain-mind, as he calls it, is not a fixed identity but a dynamic balancing act between the chemical systems that regulate waking and dreaming. Drawing on his work both as a sleep researcher and as a psychiatrist, Hobson looks in particular at the strikingly similar chemical characteristics of the states of dreaming and psychosis. His underlying theme is that the form of our thoughts, emotions, dreams, and memories derive from specific nerve cells and electrochemical impulses described by neuroscientists. Among the questions Hobson explores are: What are dreams? Do they have any hidden meaning, or are they simply emotionally salient images whose peculiar narrative structure refects the unique neurophysiology of sleep? And what is the relationship between the delirium of our dream life and psychosis?

Originally published by Little, Brown under the title The Chemistry of Conscious States.

About The Author

J. Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and The Nonsense of Dreams, Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind (MIT Press,1999), The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness (MIT Pre...
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Title:Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its MindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.9 × 5.9 × 0.7 inPublished:October 28, 1999Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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This compelling book spells out a new theory of consciousness sure to be controversial among some neuroscientists. Dreaming as Delirium suggests that our brain-mind is constantly balancing between chemical systems that regulate dreaming and waking. He also says that we can reduce the form of our thoughts and emotions to nerve cells and electrochemical impulses. Sure to prove a hot point for debate, this book asks many interesting questions.

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With the patience of a wise, experienced guide [Hobson] weaves together the strands of evidence gathered from a bewildering variety of sources-using very little jargon but many illustrative stories about his own life and the lives of his patients. What emerges isnothing less than the outline of a unified model of the brain and the mind.