Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Science of Inspiration | Five Scientific Discoveries Made in Dreams

In the age of materialist science and technological progress, the dynamics of consciousness is little understood, and in most cases, completely overlooked. The widely accepted view is that inspiration plays no role in the scientific process whatsoever. But if one looks back in history there are countless discoveries, theories, and inventions that have a seemingly mystical origin.

Dewey B Larson is a physicist from the mid 20th century that spent his whole career pouring through scientific observations in an attempt to clarify many of the conflicting theories sweeping mainstream academia. The product of his long labors saw the realization of a theory, which explains nearly all of the observed phenomena in the universe so completely it also has the ability to explain consciousness itself.

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In his book, Beyond Space and Time, he discusses the peculiar nature of insight and intuition as it functions within scientific discovery. There are countless inventors, scientists, and artists that have experiences wherein they receive inspiration from a seemingly metaphysical source. In many cases, these receivers of such information had already spent a great deal of time familiarizing themselves with the language of their craft, whether it be science, mechanics or art. Larson posited that this process of inspiration is a product of nuts and bolts research work that provides a type of ideational language for the mind, which is then able to receive insight in a form that can be recognized by the conscious mind.

For example, improvisational musicians spend years learning the basic fundamentals of harmony, pitch and rhythm, often learning dozens if not hundreds of musical pieces. Each event of learning and growth is stored within the mind as a series of representative ideas or thoughts that act as a type of inspirational vocabulary. Once the mechanics of music have been learned, inspiration comes in the form of improvisational phrases, seemingly bubbling up out of the unconscious mind. Trey Anastasio, the guitar player from Phish, the most successful improvisational touring band in the United States, said that when he is playing improvisationally, it's as if he is watching something else play the music through him; he is merely the channel or instrument for music coming from beyond himself.

In the following article, the same type of phenomenon of seemingly automatic inspiration is documented. Each of the inventors or scientists were so well versed in their fields of study, that insights in relation to their pursued interests came to them in a dream. This suggests that inspiration is the fruit of a metaphysical construction process, a type of quantum leap made as the result of a cumulative learning process.

If we think of the mind as a factory, then thoughts and ideas are its tools, machines and raw materials needed to produce a final product. In this way, as one learns and develops specific knowledge, they are filling their inspirational factory with the things it needs to produce insight. But like any factory, it must be fine tuned so as to produce a high-quality product.

In cases of mystical discovery, like we see below, each individual spent many years fine-tuning their knowledge and understanding, which eventually provided them a flash of insight. This underscores a process of self-mastery we each have the power to take-up, learn and grow from. The more knowledge we have about a thing the more resolution it has within the mind. As this mental image becomes more clear and refined, the minds ability to recognize new patterns, images and ideas naturally takes hold.

The fact that we can learn a language and use it as if its second nature is a demonstration of this principle of insight and revelation. Consider that when in conversation or writing, ideas are seamlessly fleshed-out into words and phrases by a seeming automatic process of insight and inspiration. By extension, anything we spend enough time learning about can eventually become second nature to produce insights. Our task is simply to build the temple of wisdom within, by way of learning and educating ourselves, which will eventually produce flashes of insight if we have properly tuned our knowledge base.

Consciousness is far more influential in life than what modern science has accepted, but the following discoveries demonstrate a well-nigh untapped avenue of research, one that will ultimately unify the seemingly separate schools of science and spirituality.

- Justin

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In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities.

1. Dmitri Mendeleev, Periodic Table

Dmitri Mendeleev (1834–1907) wanted to organize the 65 known elements somehow. He knew there was a pattern to be discerned, and it had something to do with atomic weight, but the pattern remained elusive. Then, Mendeleev later reported, “In a dream I saw a table where all the elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper.” Mendeleev’s words were quoted in “On the Question of Scientific Creativity,” by Russian chemist B.M. Kedrov.
A painting of Dmitri Mendeleev, 1878, by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi.
A painting of Dmitri Mendeleev, 1878, by Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi. (Public domain)
This was how the periodic table was formed. The arrangement he saw in his dream was so accurate, it even revealed that some elements had been incorrectly measured; they were placed in his periodic table according to their atomic weight, which wasn’t even known yet.

2. Niels Bohr, Atomic Model

“Niels Bohr [1885–1962] reports that he developed the model of the atom based on a dream of sitting on the sun with all the planets hissing around on tiny cords,” according to a paper titled “Pillow-Talk: Seamless Interface for Dream Priming Recalling and Playback,” by Edwina Portocarrero at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-authors.
Right: Niels Bohr, ca. 1922 (AB Lagrelius & Westphal) Background: Illustration of an atom.
Right: Niels Bohr, ca. 1922 (AB Lagrelius & Westphal) Background: Illustration of an atom. (Alexander Bedrin/iStock)

3. Elias Howe, Sewing Machine

Elias Howe (1819–1867) is often credited with inventing the sewing machine, though in reality he significantly improved previous designs and received the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine using the lockstitch design. It was a major development in creating the modern sewing machine. Before a breakthrough came to him in a dream, however, he was stuck on the problem of where to place the eye of the needle.
Left: Elias Howe, ca. 1850 (Public Domain) Right: Howe’s sewing machine, 1846 (Public domain) Background: Starry sky
Left: Elias Howe, ca. 1850 (Public Domain) Right: Howe’s sewing machine, 1846 (Public domain) Background: Starry sky (Trifonov_Evgeniy/iStock/Thinkstock)
His dream is recorded in a family history titled, “The Bemis History and Genealogy: Being an Account, in Greater Part, of the Descendants of Joseph Bemis of Watertown, Massachusetts:” 
“He almost beggared himself before he discovered where the eye of the needle of the sewing machine should be located. … His original idea was to follow the model of the ordinary needle, and have the eye at the heel. It never occurred to him that it should be placed near the point, and he might have failed altogether if he had not dreamed he was building a sewing machine for a savage king in a strange country.
“Just as in his actual waking experience, he was perplexed about the needle’s eye. He thought the king gave him twenty-four hours in which to complete the machine and make it sew. If not finished in that time death was to be the punishment. Howe worked and worked, and puzzled, and finally gave it up. Then he thought he was taken out to be executed.
“He noticed that the warriors carried spears that were pierced near the head. Instantly came the solution of the difficulty, and while the inventor was begging for time he awoke. It was 4 o’clock in the morning.
“He jumped out of bed, ran to his workshop, and by 9, a needle with an eye at the point had been rudely modeled. After that it was easy.”

4. Albert Einstein, Speed of Light

“Einstein said his entire career was an extended meditation on a dream he had as a teenager,” explained the Rev. John W. Price in an interview with John H. Lienhard, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and history at the University of Houston, on the radio show “Engines of Our Ingenuity.”
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein (Public domain) Background: Sled (Afhunta/iStock)
“He dreamt that he was riding a sled down a steep, snowy slope and, as he approached the speed of light in his dream, the colors all blended into one. He spent much of his career, inspired by that dream, thinking about what happens at the speed of light.”

5. Friedrich August Kekulé, Molecular Structure of Benzene

Friedrich August Kekulé (1829–1896) developed a structural theory in chemistry (related to the bonding order of atoms in a molecule) that was integral to the development of organic chemistry.  Dozing on a bus, a vision that provided a starting point for this theory appeared to him, as recorded in “Serendipidty, Accidental Discoveries in Science,” by Royston M. Roberts:
A painting of Friedrich August Kekulé, 1890, by Heinrich von Angeli.
A painting of Friedrich August Kekulé, 1890, by Heinrich von Angeli. (Public domain)
“I was returning by the last bus, riding outside as usual, through the deserted streets of the city. … I fell into a reverie, and lo, the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. Whenever, hitherto, these diminutive beings had appeared to me, they had always been in motion. Now, however, I saw how, frequently, two smaller atoms united to form a pair; how a larger one embraced the two smaller ones; how still larger ones kept hold of three or even four of the smaller, whilst the whole kept whirling in a giddy dance. I saw how the larger ones formed a chain, dragging the smaller ones after them but only at the ends of the chains. …The cry of the conductor, ‘Clapham Road,’ awakened me from my dreaming; but I spent a part of the night in putting on paper at least sketches of these dream forms.”
Featured image: Neils Bohr, ca. 1922 (R) and Albert Einstein. (Neils Bohr: AB Lagrelius & Westphal; Albert Einstein: Public domain; Background: Alexander Bedrin/iStock)



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