miércoles, 7 de mayo de 2014

Talking point: Dreams

Today's talking point is dreams. Before getting together with the members of your conversation group, go over the questions below so that ideas flow more easily when you meet up with your friends and you can work out vocabulary problems beforehand.
  • Do you have any dreams you'd like to come true? What are they? 
  • How often do you dream at night? 
  • When do you daydream? 
  • When you daydream, what do you usually daydream about? 
  • Have you ever had a nightmare? Can you remember what it was about? 
  • Do you believe that your dreams are a window into reality? Why/Why not?
  • Have your dreams ever come true? What happened? 
  • What would be the perfect dream for you?
To illustrate the point and get more ideas about it, you can watch (the beginning of) the Nova documentary What are dreams?

What are dreams was first aired in NOVA in November 2009.

What are dreams and why do we have them? NOVA joins leading dream researchers as they embark on a variety of neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the world of sleep and dreams. Delving deep into the thoughts and brains of a variety of dreamers, scientists are asking important questions about the purpose of this mysterious realm we escape to at night. Do dreams allow us to get a good night's sleep? Do they improve memory? Do they allow us to be more creative? Can they solve our problems or even help us survive the hazards of everyday life?

NOVA follows a number of scientists, including Matthew Wilson of MIT, who is literally "eavesdropping" on the dreams of rats, and other investigators who are systematically analyzing the content of thousands of human dreams. From people who violently act out their dreams to those who can't stop their nightmares, from sleepwalking cats to the rare instances of individuals who don't seem to ever dream, each fascinating case study contains a vital clue to the age-old question: What Are Dreams?

You can read the transcript here.