Tuesday, 5 February 2013

What did Neanderthals dream about?

There’s a chapter about Neanderthal dreams in the book How To Think Like A Neanderthal by Thomas Wynn and Frederick L Coolidge.

 It starts from Thomas Wynn and Frederick L Coolidge’s idea of what dreams are for, and goes on from there.

 The idea is that dreams are basically of practical use: you dream about being embarrassingly naked, for instance, to remind you to put some clothes on before you go out.

 It’s a very interesting idea.

 And for myself, I don’t believe a word of it.


  1. Nor me. Most dreams seem to be a way of processing what's happened in your life....or else they're ANXIETY dreams. I guess the naked one could be one of those.

  2. Yes, I agree. I think that dreams are a sort of filing process, and that sometimes this process throws information into the conscious part of the mind.

    I suppose this means that the more something is in someone's mind, the more likely they are to dream about it.

    Well, it makes sense to me.