Dream Consciousness

Allan Hobson’s New Approach to the Brain and Its Mind

  • Nicholas Tranquillo

Part of the Vienna Circle Institute Library book series (VCIL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The William James Lectures on Dream Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 3-7
    3. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 9-28
    4. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 29-49
    5. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 51-79
  3. Commentaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Daniel C. Dennett
      Pages 113-117
    3. Martin Dresler, Victor Spoormaker, Renate Wehrle, Michael Czisch
      Pages 123-129
  4. Response to Commentaries on the William James Lectures on Dream Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 237-244
    3. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 245-249
    4. J. Allan Hobson
      Pages 251-256

About this book


This book presents three lectures by Allan Hobson, entitled “The William James Lectures on Dream Consciousness”. The three lectures expose the new psychology, the new physiology and the new philosophy that derive from and support the protoconsciousness hypothesis of dreaming. They review in detail many of the studies on sleep and dreaming conducted since the days of Sigmund Freud. Following the lectures are commentaries written by scholars whose expertise covers a wide range of scientific disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy, psychology, neurology, neuropsychology, cognitive science, biology, and animal sciences. The commentaries each answer a specific question in relation to Hobson’s lectures and his premise that dreaming is an altered state of consciousness. Capitalizing on a vast amount of data, the lectures and commentaries provide undisputed evidence that sleep consists of a well-organized sequence of subtly orchestrated brain states that undoubtedly play a crucial function in the maintenance of normal brain functions. These functions include both basic homeostatic processes necessary to keep the organism alive as well as the highest cognitive functions including perception, decision making, learning and consciousness.


Associative Memory Enhancement Dream Imaging REM Sleep-Dreaming Sleep-Learning Process Theory of Hallucinosis Waking and Dreaming Consciousness

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Tranquillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolSalemUSA

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