Why are some of the best musicians blind? Can blind people learn how to echolocate, like a bat? What do your nightly dreams have to do with the rotation of the planet? Once we find alien life on other planets, should we expect that aliens have dreams at night? Find out why dreaming might be the strange lovechild of brain plasticity. 

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Eagleman DM (2020). Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain. New York: Pantheon.

Eagleman DM, Vaughn DA. (2021) The Defensive Activation Theory: REM Sleep as a Mechanism to Prevent Takeover of the Visual Cortex. Front Neurosci. 2021 May 21;15:632853. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2021.632853

Eagleman DM, Vaughn DA. (2020). Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains. Time Magazine. Dec 29, 2020.


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