Jeremy Taylor in his 1992 book of the same title as this post talked about dream interpretation. The idea that people could fly without engines was absurd back then. The thought was that people could only fly under their own power in dreams.
This was before wingsuits allowed people to fly using the natural heat updrafts near mountains. No matter how many times I view it, flying by wingsuit always looks dreamlike to me. The following video is another astounding example of wingsuit flight:
There were many interesting techniques and ideas in Taylor’s book. He used dreams to explain delirium tremens. Delirium tremens is a condition where an alcoholic has hallucinations such as seeing bugs crawling all over his or her body. Extreme alcohol abuse is known to stop the alcoholic from dreaming.
It is known that people who are kept from dreaming will make up for the lost dream time on subsequent nights. What Taylor believes is that the alcoholic is dream deprived when abusing alcohol to such an extreme that when they begin to sober up, they literally have an awake dream because the need to dream has built up to the point that it is extremely intense.
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