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Control your dreams (ebook)

Anyone can learn to have lucid dreams, and this ebook tells you how. Lucid dreams are those dreams where you become aware you are dreaming, and can even begin to control the reality of the dream. Adventure, problem-solving and consequence-free indulgence await! And for those interested in the mind, lucid dreams are a great place to explore the nature of their own consciousness. The ebook is written as a sort of travel guide, telling you what you need to take on your journey and what to expect when you start to lucid dream. It finishes off with a quick review of the scientific literature on lucid dreaming and links and references for further reading if you want to continue your exploration of lucid dreaming.

I wrote this with friend, and lucid dreamer, Cat Bardsley. My wife Harriet Cameron provided some beautiful illustrations which you can find throughout the book (and on the cover you can see here). The book is Creative Commons licensed so you can copy it and share it as you will, and even modify and improve (as long as you keep the CC licensing). It’s available on smashwords on a pay-what-you-want-basis (and that includes nothing, so it is yours for free if you’d like).

“Control your dreams” is my second self-published ebook. You can also get “Explore your blindspot” from smashwords (which is completely free, and also CC licensed). The wonderful folk at 40k books published my essay The Narrative Escape last year (and after doing all the formatting and admin associated with these two new ebooks I am more and more in awe of what they did).

Sweet Dreams!

(Cross-posted at mindhacks.com)

G. A. Cohen’s “Freedom and Money” (2001)

In which Cohen argues that lack of money is a lack of political freedom, and that the issue of private property (which is axiomatic to libertarians) cannot be determined independently of issues of political freedom. In other words, you can’t reasonably set aside the issue of distribution of property (i.e. wealth) from your consideration of freedom. This pervasive confusion, Cohen argues, arises because of a misperception of the nature of money, which appears as a real thing, like rocks or even like physical strength, but is actually “social power in the form of a thing” (Marx).

Anyway, it is a great read, lucid and mind expanding, and a great example of political philosophy . I can’t find a journal reference for it, but it is – apparently – reprinted in On the Currency of Egalitarian Justice, and Other Essays in Political Philosophy (2011)

Link to PDF (thanks Josie!)

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Tweets for 2011-12-22

  • Trusty et al (2004) Practical Guide for Reporting Effect Sizes http://t.co/roLkRECL reassuring name #
  • Trivia stats: we have 354 female undergraduates in my department. Of these, only 19 (5%) choose to be referrred to as Ms rather than Miss #
  • We have 75 male undergraduates, none of whom have to make a choice and are all on the system as "mr" #
  • Trying to explain to my mum about the peer review process. Any links more useful than this, the Downfall spoof? http://t.co/iZw9kisj #
  • Tweenbots are human-dependent cardboard robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. http://t.co/KDfn5gkI #
  • Nice design "Spaghetti measuring tool. Small, adult and family portion." http://t.co/2ERQWKak #
  • Next semester I run a module about controversies in cognitive neuroscience. We need a new controversy to consider. Any suggestions? #
  • Good suggestion @alexfradera @tomstafford voodoo correlations? <— phrased as Q: "Does fMRI analysis produce spurious results?" #
  • Suggested controversies for my cog neuro class: voodoo correlations/publication bias in fMRI, mirror neurons, fMRI evidence in court. (1/2) #
  • (2/2) plus effects of meditation. Any more? #
  • APA manuscript formatting guide from Purdue Owl http://t.co/4Vf9BfA6 #
  • Sheffield Psychology department spring seminar series now online http://t.co/J5fqmfdw #

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Tweets for 2011-12-15

  • I cut the freewill stuff from my talk 2nite RT @sciammind: most popular on the site now: "Is Free Will an Illusion?" http://t.co/6Uq043mk #
  • RT @alokjha: the Guardian: Results of publicly funded research will be open access – science minister http://t.co/aIm2cr1P #
  • Selling traditionally feminine products to men, drawing on ridiculous stereotypes of masculinity http://t.co/Q9O7D1eg via @frankieroberto #
  • "Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
    Joseph Campbell – via @DigiWorldSheff #
  • RT @bakadesuyo: What's an excellent productivity secret we can learn from Jerry Seinfeld? http://t.co/C04WMvgZ #
  • I wrote this free ebook about your visual blindspot. It's creative commons licensed, and a scientific adventure http://t.co/1jnp6XoI #
  • "learning by reviewing" students who mark peer's papers improve in writing more than if they just read peer's papers http://t.co/BKjWNhJO #
  • HI afternoon people – I've released a free ebook http://t.co/Llf7tab8 it's a scientific travel guide. And the cover is a picture of my eye #
  • Nearly 1000 downloads today of my new free ebook about the visual blind spot http://t.co/Llf7tab8 #
  • This is approximately 999 more readers than for any scientific paper I've written #
  • Congratulations to @totalshowman for passing his PhD viva with minor corrections (my 1st supervisee to write up). Well done Tom! #
  • Great interactive map from the Australian showing global student migration patterns: sources and destinations http://t.co/S8aTpwRj #
  • Gone to dance with Aunty – RIP Russell Hoban http://t.co/UO9b4cGh #
  • Neurocognitive literature digest. Banana domestication to the dreams of the deaf. A cornucopia of awesome links http://t.co/izK5OsC4 #
  • Mediators vs Moderators – finally had to get this distinction clear in my head. This helped: http://t.co/JoPpz3X2 #

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Tweets for 2011-12-01

  • That neat evolutionary psychology waist to hip ratio story about female attractiveness? More complicated than that http://t.co/jDOFjtnL #
  • Last link from and via @PsychScientists – thanks guys! #
  • up to 10 fully funded PhD studentships to start in 2012 offered in Dept of Psychology at @sheffielduni http://t.co/D23CpBFO #
  • And in other news, the University of Sheffield has been named "University of the Year" http://t.co/YJsFUwOT #
  • "We don't need to understand engines to drive a car, why do we need to understand code to use a computer?" says interviewer #
  • Correct analogy is "read maps". Without code you just drive your computer around your home town, never able to go anywhere new #radio4 #
  • Convinced that queues are the ideal experimental paradigm to investigate the construction and maintainence of social norms #
  • Senior Lectureship in Cognitive Science and Decision Making, University of Manchester http://t.co/3fvRGcmP #
  • Shalizi: "what is economically efficient is a function of our social arrangements, of who owns how much of what" http://t.co/PFf5pafg #
  • From: the shire, To:Mordor. Via the M6 http://t.co/kEVDLXzj #
  • +1 day! Vaughan is the http://t.co/85Rwnq1n 99% RT @vaughanbell Just noticed that Mind Hacks blog is 7 years old today http://t.co/NDVd9w39 #
  • Giving a 'psychology for non-psychologists' talk next Thursday in Manchester. In a bar. Title "thinking meat" http://t.co/xlnlKulN #
  • I'll be talking mind, brain and how to understand the self in an age of neuroscience http://t.co/xlnlKulN #
  • RT @mariapage: Oh no… It's true… 🙁 Sad day for neuroscience "Obituary: Professor Jon Driver" – http://t.co/932yCxnt #
  • Great 2008 paper from @sianbeilock : When does haste make waste? http://t.co/y4NsEMiH Skilled motor perf. enhanced by prioritising speed #
  • Richard Shiffrin runs an annual Cognitive Science Conference, ASIC, held at different outdoor adventure sites http://t.co/UqZTeTZ4 #
  • RT @Psych_Writer Dodgy research practices are rife in psychology. Details of an alarming new survey: http://t.co/oWzYElVs #

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