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Modern Discoveries in Neuroscience... And What They Reveal About You (Collection) by Masao Ito, Dale Purves, Miriam Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Andrew Koob

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11. I dream of glia

Emus don’t get drunk and if they did, we wouldn’t know why. If a bear smokes weed, we don’t know what it feels while high. If you do, you assume you know what you experience. And you assume that your experiences are similar to other human beings because you are of the same species. You can communicate what you experience to other humans, as Baudelaire does in The Poem of Hashish, “The drunkenness, throughout its duration, it is true, will be nothing but an immense dream, thanks to the intensity of its colors and the rapidity of its conceptions. But it will always keep the idiosyncrasy of the individual. The man has desired to dream; the dream will govern the man.”

Like drugs, the same also goes for dreams. Unless, that is, ...

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