An “oneironaut” is someone who wakes up in their dreams. What do flying & falling dreams typically mean?

One reason the dreamy film “Inception” is so successful is wish fulfillment. Who doesn’t fantasize about waking up in someone else’s dreams, let alone your own? In the movie, “inception” is defined as the ability to enter another’s dream and plant an idea within the person’s subconscious. Of course, the real definition of “inception” is not quite so phantasmagorical.

Lucid dreaming is “a dream state in which one is conscious enough to recognize that one is in the dream state and which stays in one’s memory.” The study of dreams is one of those areas where science and New Age concepts get fuzzy. Oneiroscopy is “a method of diagnosing a patient’s mental state by studying his or her dreams.” Oneirology is the scientific study of the physiological basis of dreaming. And oneiromancy is “the practice of predicting the future through interpretation of dreams.

The common root here is oneiros, Greek for “dream.” Hence the coinage oneironaut, -naut meaning “voyager.” This makes for a nice description of Leonardo DiCaprio and his dream team in “Inception.”

Since meaning is our chosen medium, let’s take a fun detour from words to dream symbolism. This is not a scientific or statistical analysis of dreams or dream content. These notions are based on popular conceptions and folk wisdom, for entertainment only. That said, here comes the oneirocriticism:

Flying dreams may suggest your mind working out an issue that feels limiting, either as a manifestation of hope or as an indication that circumstances are hampering your freedom.

Falling dreams may provide insight that you fear some type of potential failure. An oneiroanut might advise you to wake up in your falling dream and sprout wings, fashion a parachute, or simply land on the ground without harm. Perhaps that brand of subconscious self-empowerment echos the wish fulfillment behind “Inception.”

Now, is their a technical name for the state between sleeping and waking? In fact, that answer and more (like the actual equivalent of the “kick” in “Inception”) can be found in this Hot Word post.


  1. SALIHA -  December 19, 2015 - 1:06 pm


  2. Ginny Weasley -  December 4, 2015 - 4:43 am

    I had a dream just last night, and I suddenly realized I was dreaming. Generally, when I realize this, I can suddenly do whatever I want, change the scene, you name it. So I tried to change the scene to something I’ve always wanted to happen but never will, but it only change to a faint, grainy picture of the scene, so I just woke up. D:

  3. John -  July 30, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Imagine this invention.. Every night before bed you put on a comfortable cap that picks up your thoughts,visions,and dreams so that when you wake up in the morning it shows your dream on the television or in 20 years the ceiling or something.. Who knows! now i would pay big bucks for something like that.

  4. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 22, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    I sometimes realize I’m dreaming while I’m dreaming. Comes in handy sometimes, but it’s a pain when it happens in a good dream.

    Once before auditions to a play, I dreamt that I got a middle-class character – not main character, but not chorus. I had such little self-confidence I was so happy….I woke up. I was so mad for the rest of the day. Turns out when the results of the auditions came back I got the main character, so I was happy it was just a dream.

    You know what I’ve always wanted? To conjure something like “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in my dreams. That would be awesome, mostly because in real life I would never have the nerve to follow the rabbit.

  5. Honest Mukraken -  November 26, 2010 - 8:16 pm

    I’ve seen people on the internet who claim to have met in their dreams, then found each other in waking life. Google it.

    • Psybin -  July 15, 2014 - 8:41 pm

      I met my best female friend through my dreams. In the first dream, I saw her camping in the woods, and in the second one I was lucid dreaming and found her in the back of a restaurant. She “jumped into my mind” (complete with a head thump) and said she could read my thoughts. After she did that I was typing something to her, and I JUST realized some symbolism because…

      We met a month or two later online, basically out of nowhere. I described the dreams and the camping dream was accurate. She lived in the woods for a few months in the past. Her energy felt the same as in the dream and I know it was her. We’ve had a special connection ever since. And yes, part of that connection involves telepathy but I won’t get into that here. I’ll just say that I can call her name in my head three times and she hears it. It’s been confirmed many times. :)

  6. Kate -  October 27, 2010 - 6:57 am

    Dreams are cool =0

  7. Ally -  September 28, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Last paragraph:

    ‘Their’ should be ‘there.’

    …Isn’t this a renowned dictionary website…

  8. Halcyon -  September 6, 2010 - 4:08 am

    I became interested in lucid dreaming in my mid-teens after suffering, much like Ali, from clear and frightful nightmares. It was a technique that I stumbled across trying to interpret the source of these difficult nights. Teaching ones self to become an oneironaut is a relatively easy process, but one that tends to leave any dream, whether lucidity is achieved or not, fresh within your mind. Personally this far outweighed the joys of exploring a dream world heavily under my own caught-between-consciousness influence. I’m sure the majority of people have at least on instance they remember of flying within a dream, well with lucid dreaming it does not take much to levitate, fall slowly, fly, walk through solid matter and conjure scenery or people. The only catch is the mental discipline needed in order to maintain the lucid state without falling into deeper sleep or waking up.

    I was amazed to find out recently the extent that lucid dreaming can be taken. Tibetan Buddhist monks taught lucid dreaming to pupils, not only to exercise the old grey matter, but to prepare them for reaching Nirvana. The lessons encouraged the pupil to primarily master the dreamscape before learning to meditate and to practise yoga while dreaming. This really turned my mind inside out. First one must recognise their dreamstate, then take control of it, only resign that control while remaining within that semi-conscious state! Talk about experiencing a tesseract or what?!

    @ Soph – to say chickens came first is counter to the theory of evolution, although they may not be aware that they refuting it. The Aves phylogenetic tree, as currently understood, stems from the Paraves branch with deeper connections to the coelurosauia clade, a diverse group of mainly bipedal, predator dinosaurs. Genetic variations and mutations get passed from parent to gametes, and that if the variation makes the creature successful in life they are more likely to reproduce and endow their offspring with that successful variant. It would be difficult then to say with certainty when precisely a chicken became the chicken, as little would separate the original chicken from its direct ancestors. That said, the egg not only pre-dates the chicken, but the ancestor of the chicken was not a chicken itself, it laid an egg with the genetic coding that would develop the embryo into what would become the chicken.

  9. Soph -  September 5, 2010 - 10:03 pm

    I’ve found reading this really interesting, and I just wanted to say a couple of things – i am also anal about spelling! i hate people misspelling words, especially on purpose! and so Dr Spirl, for a doctor you spell pretty badly! and i don’t think the people saying the chicken came first are refuting the theory of evolution, because that would just be stupid, it’s clearly correct! and they’re not saying eggs didn’t come before chickens… anyway, i won’t get into that debate!
    i love talking about dreams and what they mean – i love trying to interpret other people’s dreams too. and i can often make myself wake up in a dream if i don’t like it, it makes it much easier to sleep knowing i can wake up if i don’t like what is happening!
    and going back to Al’s dream coming true – did Al write the dream down, as soon as it happened and then found that description 3 months later after the conversation? because otherwise i’d say this is just deja vu isn’t it? it happens to me all the time and i can say ‘oh my god, deja vu’ and it still keeps happening, like i know what someone is going to say next, it can last minutes, really weird but not sure if i dreamed it… anyway keep up the posts!!

  10. Ali -  August 31, 2010 - 12:28 pm


    I was taught when I was about 8 to alter my dreams while I slept. I had a seriously over creative mind, which causes some heavy nightmares and a lack of sleep for my parents.
    Now, I’m almost 17, and I have near complete control over my dreams. I say near complete as I have lost my knack for realizing when I’m dreaming or not. I saw Inception the other day and I LOVED it! Mostly because it’s a really good movie, but also because it’ll be so much easier to describe what I do in my dreams to other people.

    Sorry, I got distracted. I mainly wanted to comment to say that oneironauts do exist (although I didn’t know that name until now) and that there are things that can’t be defined by the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind. I don’t know why I can alter my dreams, but I can. Scientists had better start explaining!


  11. Anatoly -  July 28, 2010 - 2:48 am

    I like how the term “oneironaut” isn’t even found on dictionary.com

  12. Rafe Lièvre -  July 26, 2010 - 7:02 am

    To Martha and JLF on July 23rd –

    Bravo! One should consider the site when posting comments.

    It appears we may have to “consider the source” on some, however.

    And I didn’t do a good job editing my first post – it was a typo though and not a spelling mistake… honest!!!

  13. Rafe Lièvre -  July 26, 2010 - 6:53 am

    Daydreamer: It should actually read “theatre”. You couldn’t spell theatrics or theatrical without the root, which does not have an ‘e’ between the ‘t’ and the ‘r’ ant its end.
    According to the ONLINE ETYMOLOGY DICTIONARY “phonetic spelling change from -re to -er in words such as fibre, centre, theatre in U.S. began late 18c.; under urging of Noah Webster (1804 edition of his speller, and especially the 1806 dictionary), it was established over the next 25 years. The -re spelling, like -our, however, had the authority of Dr. Johnson’s dictionary behind it and remained in Britain, where it came to be a point of national pride, contra the Yankees. Despite Webster’s efforts, -re was retained in words with -c- or -g- (e.g. ogre, acre, the latter of which Webster insisted to the end of his days ought to be aker, and it was so printed in editions of the dictionary during his lifetime). The -re spelling generally is more justified by conservative etymology, based on Fr. antecedents. It is met today in the U.S. only in Theatre in the proper names of entertainment showplaces, where it is perhaps felt to convey a touch of class.”

  14. NoLo -  July 26, 2010 - 6:33 am

    Just wondering if in the last paragraph where the term oneiroanut was used… was that a typo are editorializing? (I choose to think Mr. Freud was at work here)

  15. Dr Spirl -  July 25, 2010 - 11:55 pm

    To nashrehmann (and partly Nathan)

    Its Dr Spirl, thank you. I appreciate your input but you provide no reasoning for your arguement. Which makes your rebuttle rather invalid. Chickens have not existed for ever, before birds there were Dinosaurs, and prior to that there were Reptiles and before that Amphibians and Fish. This is most evident in the geological fossil record. All these creatures laid eggs, before Chickens ever walked the earth. Chickens are ancestors, of most of these creatures. Like Human Beings are ancestors of early mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
    The Chicken came about through the process of Evolution via Natural Selection, first proposed by Darwin, and is the only process known to human kind that can describe how all species of life came to be in their current state. To refute this is to refute many different Scientific disciplines such as biology, genetics and geology.

    I take it from what you suggested that you must think that species are immutable, and were therefore brought about by a “creator” or “disigner”, in their finished form and have not changed for mellenium or more. To that I ask that you please have a read of some of the many books about evolution and the irrefutable facts that have been un earthed in regards to evolution. Evolution is a FACTUAL theory, that is backed up by mountains of evidence. To say the Chicken just appeared before the egg is both ridiculous and ignorant. Read Richard Dawkins book “The Greatest Show on Earth” for an intelligent run down of a lot of the evidencial proof that is out there.

    Im sorry for going off on a tangent here. Back to the subject, “Inception” is the greatest movie I have seen in a long, long time. I can only hope I too can become an “architect” of my own dreams. I am glad that Hollywood movies arent all formulaic, and mostly reliant on special effects to keep people occupied *cough* James Cameron *cough* Michael Bay. All Hail Christopher Nolan!

    • jeremy U -  January 15, 2015 - 12:02 pm

      God is the reason we are able to have these dreamd.. because we are all interconnected.. I’m a twin and could dream of my twin being hurt it wad true and dream of something many times and it “actualy happen” many times so.. as said.. all interconnectrd

      • jeremy U -  January 15, 2015 - 12:07 pm

        Uugh i dislike lg keypads lol

    • SMK -  August 9, 2015 - 11:46 pm

      An ancestor is something or someone that predates the certain thing or person, so the chicken was not an ancestor of the egg laying things that came before it as well as humans are not ancestors of amphibians and other lifeforms that predates us….. But we are decendants of these things just like how chickens are decendants of its egg-laying ancestors

  16. Zamboni -  July 25, 2010 - 9:33 pm

    This article is one of the most interesting pieces I’ve read in a while. My fascination with dreams might have something to do with that, I suppose… Dreams (especially my cynical/pessimistic/not-exactly-pleasant ones) are something that I’ve always wondered about and I’m glad I came upon this. One more thing to expand my “wonderings” is always welcome.
    And @Ivstin, you’re amazing. Just thought you should know. Now go write a book(:

  17. Ivstin -  July 25, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    In conversation with a close mentor of mine, it was explained to me that every person you meet in a dream is a reflection of a part or whole of your personality. When you interact with these personalities, you are facing your own “angels and demons.” In other words, you are facing the parts of your personality that you usually “push to the side” in your waking life. Like when you are driving down the highway and an otherwise completely innocent person is crossing the street and you call out “fifty points, what do you think?!” You would never REALLY hit that person, but it becomes a situation of humor to you and the passengers. This part of your personality is hidden, part of your “I only show up sometimes” secret mask and costume closet.

    Now, let us take this one step larger. Instead of applying this to your dreams only: what if every person in the world were just a reflection of yourself, and none of it were really “separate” from you? Would it change how you interact with others? Would you be more respectful? Less so? Would you appreciate others’ accomplishments as much as your own, presently? Truly, if this is the case, you not only invented the car, atom bomb, and toothbrush, but you also started WWII, thousands of chinese dynasty wars, and printed and wrote the world’s best selling “book” (look it up to see which one that is). In this hypothetical world, you are all these things.

    You are also the emotions. Love. Hate. Obsession. Fear. Resolve. Loneliness. Apathy. You are the sunrise. The sunset. You are the stars in the night sky. You are the darkness between stars.

    In this cosmic hypothetical reality, the only thing that the student of the mysteries can truly say for certain is “I AM THAT I AM.”

    Chew on that the next time you wake up from a dream.

  18. klem39 -  July 24, 2010 - 2:56 pm

    Since taking the drug Atenolol I have lucid dreams that I can remember long after I wake, unlike before. I went to see Inception last night and and found myself in the middle of a lot of action on screen. Thinking we had got there late I asked my wife to ask person next to her “how much had we missed?” She said the woman didn’t know. So we carried on to the end to find we were in the wrong theatre. So we went into the correct one, that had been running 40 min? Still confused I keep taking the Pills.
    BTW How come I’m writing this 10am Sunday.

  19. Louis -  July 24, 2010 - 8:20 am

    Why do not you read a book “The Eternal Dreamer” by Harolg Klemp.
    Ther’s another one “The Art of Spiritual Dreaming.”

  20. Sean Foley -  July 24, 2010 - 7:22 am

    When I was young I dreamed frequently. My dreams varied in their topics, lucidity, and vibrancy. I have experienced many types of dreams such as flying, falling, waking yourself up, and knowing you dreamed but being unable to recall anything but the effervescent edges of where your fitful mind just came from. As I age and now find myself in my forties I have fewer dreams. When I do have them they are less intense and seem to reflect the monotony of life. No more flying. No more lucid dream with the ability to make fake reality and manufacture the conditions of my sleep-cocooned world. I miss my fun dreams.

  21. nashrehmann -  July 24, 2010 - 3:16 am

    Sorry to disappoint Dr Spirit on his July 22 comment about who/what came first – the chicken or the egg. To quote Dr Spirit, “Sorry about that but had to Nerd it up before the weekend starts”; the correct answer is, that the chicken came first & it has nothing to do with the Principles of Evolution via Natural Selection or Logic etc. !

  22. Al -  July 23, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    I understand your argument Esteban but I experienced it, so I have to disagree with that explanation for my event. I dreamed the conversation, the view out the car window at an intersection in Florida (I lived in NH), my position in the car, who was in the car and their positions, everything. It was but a moment of time but I dreamed that brief moment EXACTLY as it happened 3 months later. I’m sure I would have otherwise forgotten the dream. In fact, I had forgotten until it played out. You could argue my words away, but I had no control over the words of the others and the environment – I was 13. I do not ask you to believe, I just know it happened and others may benefit from my sharing.
    Yes, I think the others’ chicken/egg explanations lack, but so did my wording, so I will try again.
    Jenny has four children, three are normal, one is an obvious mutation from birth, so Jenny and her husband cruelly name her Chiksee. Chiksee grows up, has children of her own, and they all look like Chiksee, not like Jenny and not like Jenny’s other 3 children. Importantly, these are Chiksee’s children, not Jenny’s.
    The first chicken was a mutation of another egg laying creature. Similar enough to it’s parents that procreation was possible, mutated enough that’s its progeny was forever affected. Chickens thrived because of their of breeding habits. This also explains the ‘popularity’ of reality television – if you care to make the connection.

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  24. Yanni -  July 23, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Check out “lucid dreaming” I got a book on it a few years ago when I was having not too pleasant dreams. You can train your brain, as in so many other ways, to become more aware that you are dreaming and thereby take some more control of what happens in your dreams. Really. I managed to.

    I didn’t want to totally always be “in control” because I feel like your mind needs to work some things out on its own and your mind will be a little more creative that way if you are not so aware/in control of what happens.

    I can’t wait to contrast what happened to me to what happens in this movie. (Not just because Leonardo is such a supremely talented actor.)

  25. jsa10 -  July 23, 2010 - 12:33 pm

    no offense to anyone but it’s ironic how MENSA translastes to “dumb” in Spanish.

  26. Esteban -  July 23, 2010 - 11:19 am

    To Al and Dennis: “The multi-faceted nature of dreams makes it easy to find connections between dream content and real events.” Dreams may seem like precognizance (knowledge of an event before it takes place), but I’d venture to guess that it’s really just our mind manipulating memories of dreams to more closely match similar real life events.

    Lucid dreaming is not particularly weird; maybe just rare. There are universities with departments dedicated to the practice. Also, there’s a difference between awareness and control. Some people are capable of being aware they are in the dream, but cannot manipulate the dream.

  27. Isa -  July 23, 2010 - 11:14 am

    i whish i could have a lucid dream. How isthis accomplished?

  28. Jim -  July 23, 2010 - 11:10 am

    This is so poorly written and unclear, especially the last paragraph about falling dreams. I recommend using a minimum level of English sentence structure.

  29. Nathan -  July 23, 2010 - 9:15 am

    Re: Chicken or Egg (for which I have no clue as to how this became part of this thread): So at one point in the evolutionary history, there was a creature who had not previously reproduced by laying an egg and they had a particularly fortuitous mutation that made it spit out the first egg out of an opening and then another one of the exact same species came along with a doubly fortuitous mutation that made it spit out something else to fertilize the egg? I’m not a creationist per se, but I don’t think it’s particularly “logical” to say one or the other came first.

    I think it’s realistic to say that a variety of fortuitous mutations all happened in a relatively short amount of time (geologically we are still babies) and that we can not necessarily attribute it all to a scientific (the how) or religious (the why) factor.

    Rightfully, these two questions should drive our existence: to study existence and find out the how and to contemplate existence to find out the why.

  30. Dennis -  July 23, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Dreams are very interesting. I can recall a dream in which I was in a building and I was running around the structure and admiring its beauty.
    Anyway, weeks later, I had a job interview and the building was the exact place I visited in my dream. During the interview, the person asked, ” Have you ever been in our facility?” I laughed, and then said, “You are going to think I am weird but I dreamed I was in this building.” Of course, the guy gave me a look like I was crazy and needless to say I did not get the job. This type of experience happens to me often.

  31. Al -  July 23, 2010 - 8:23 am

    btw, has anyone literally had their dreams come true – like dreaming of something before it happens?
    I have, it made me really consider the concept of man being more than skin and bones. I dreamed of an exact conversation in an exact location 3 months before it happened. I had no reason to dream the incident beforehand because I had never been to that location in that circumstance with those people and there was absolutely no reason I should expect that it was going to happen. I had the dream (an unremarkable conversation) and the events later fell into place by happenstance.
    It turned out to be significant time in my growth but the conversation itself was pedantic, simple. If I had not dreamed it beforehand I would have not given the conversation a moments thought. I now tell myself to remember it all the time – It happened two other times and I forgot those circumstances. They each really made me think, but the details faded – so I remind myself of this incident often.

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  33. Al -  July 23, 2010 - 7:46 am

    “Wait wait… don’t tell me”, It’s a program on NPR (NPR.ORG) they just handled the chicken/egg question in last weeks show (today is July 23, 2010), look for the show approximately one week before today’s date.

    Chicken first, then egg. Think about it: How could a chicken’s egg be created but from the first creature different enough from it’s predecessors to be something new? You say this first creature was hatched? OK, I would agree. But this first creature was from a dinosaur egg – and she was a mutation, a chicken. SHE lay mutated i.e. chicken eggs.

  34. Belinda -  July 23, 2010 - 7:42 am

    I love how everyone is correcting the comment(s) above theirs.

  35. Nina -  July 23, 2010 - 7:10 am

    Funny, seems like I NEVER have a clue of how my dreams are going to pan out, they just happen. I have experienced one falling dream ONCE, and that was when I was really little, maybe in the 1st grade or something around that age. I don’t know what the hell I was doing, but I was sitting in a big red saucer type object (almost reminded me of a Frisbee turned on it’s back)on top of a sky scraper, and I mean a RIDICULOUSLY high one! Anyways, I was just sitting there , mindin’ my own bidness,(it was a pretty big saucer by the way) when all of a sudden the use to be 100% flat roof just caves and forms a slope and I WHOOSH right off that sucker! The winds whistling and I can see the ground comin’ right for me. And just when I think,” This is it, Ima end up flat as a pancake,” everything, the building, the ground just fizzles out in a vapor and BAM! I hit my bed. Or at least that’s what it felt like.

  36. Melinda -  July 23, 2010 - 6:46 am

    Have you ever awakened from sleep and recall your dream, but not wanting it to end, gone back to sleep and finished the same dream? I have. What does that say about us?

  37. JLF -  July 23, 2010 - 6:27 am

    Carman said: “If there is one thing that truly irritates me, it is people who incessantly edit. Shame.” — Sometimes it cannot be helped! Besides, if you are going to post on the internet for the world to see…SPELL CORRECTLY!!!

  38. martha -  July 23, 2010 - 4:22 am

    “An “oneironaut” is someone who wakes up in their dreams. What do flying & falling dreams typically mean?”

    It should be his/her NOT their. I agree COMPLETELY with Nubcake’s point, though not necessarily her delivery. Particularly because, oh I don’t know, this is a post on DICTIONARY.COM, a website with a vested interest in good grammar and spelling. While “spelling nazis” are annoying on youtube comments and forums, I think that in this situation they are extremely appropriate.

  39. Emily -  July 23, 2010 - 4:15 am

    Is it strange to realise you’re dreaming while in a dream? I’ve done it plenty of times without intending to, and others talk about how impossible it is… I’ve also forced myself awake when I dislike the scenario in my dream or when I’m in danger… is that normal?

    Anyway, I can’t wait to see Inception. It’s not out here in Australia, but it soon will be. I love the cast for the movie, so I know it’s going to be great. Marion Cotillard, Leonardo DiCapro, Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are all on my fav actors list.

  40. Louis -  July 23, 2010 - 2:52 am

    Dreams are the secret way to high states of consciousness. Dream Travel and Soul travel are being used to visit higher worlds. Just visit wx3.eckankar.org

  41. holagurl1992 -  July 23, 2010 - 2:11 am

    ok i have the weirdest dreams and they seem to last forever and something bad always happens and when i see peoplein my dreams i always end up seeing them the next day.. and then there arethe dreams i cant remember by when i read or hear a certian thing i can picture a gimpse of it and then i cant remember andy more and then i begin to lose that part but it is like trying to remember some one you have no met and mot of my dreams are nightmeres and fall and have spaze attacks from them but have a great memory i can remember back to when iwasone but only parts..plz help is it normal

    • Norma Matthews -  February 21, 2016 - 7:47 pm

      I have the same dream same dreamsfaelso every nite an I wake. Up an I’m crying but I can’t see. Who I am w it’s has anyone Esdras that it’s so scared at times I’m afraid.

  42. Grant -  July 23, 2010 - 1:07 am

    The subconscious is so perplexing.

  43. Dr Spirl -  July 22, 2010 - 11:51 pm

    The egg always comes before the chicken. No question about it really, if you understand the principles of Evolution via Natural Selection then it is logically impossible for it to have ever been the other way around.

    Amphibians came before Reptiles, which preceded Dinosaurs and then Birds. All these creatures laid eggs first so it would be logical to assume that the ancestors of the Chicken laid eggs until the modern chicken emerged from an egg laid by a not-quite-yet-but-oh-so-close-modern chicken parent.

    Sorry about that but had to Nerd it up before the weekend starts!

  44. Alan Turner -  July 22, 2010 - 11:35 pm

    Americans love a mystery and are willing to talk nonsense in support of it.

  45. Carman -  July 22, 2010 - 11:32 pm

    If there is one thing that truly irritates me, it is people who incessantly edit. Shame.

  46. Dominick Colosimo -  July 22, 2010 - 11:09 pm

    “We all make mistakes and being a genius has nothing to do with level of education.” – Miriam

    Mensa is a group for all people who are in the top 2% of measured I.Q. or “fluid intelligence,” and one Mensa coordinator once said that “there have never been any geniuses in Mensa.”

    Perhaps, they have better things to do? Or they over analyze to such great depths that they get I.Q. test questions wrong?

    Either way, genius will think in ways no other man can think. Not in ways that one can learn to think.

  47. xaky -  July 22, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    oneironaut is a neologism. The pronunciation should be oʊˈnaɪrəˌnɔt

  48. apolorin -  July 22, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    I have had a number of lucid dreams. It’s so cool when that happens. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m going to wake up, but when I don’t, it’s such a great feeling “I can make happen whatever I want, I’m DREAMING!”

  49. Emily -  July 22, 2010 - 9:57 pm

    Inception is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my entire life. In fact, it is my favorite! If you plan on watching the movie or if you wish to again, please pay attention to the facts that play into the movie, such as “the kick,” which is something that wakes one up while dreaming. This one in particular catches my attention, for the true feeling when falling in a dream really does wake a person up, I have personally tried it. Anyway, every concept that Christopher Nolan has put into the movie is possible and true. It is a very deep film and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  50. library day -  July 22, 2010 - 9:08 pm

    I had a dream last night. It was about a bugs bunny. I felt him very real. So I woke up very early in the morning. I had an urge to read Molière. I am having early beer since I got a day off today.

  51. Antonio Nascimento -  July 22, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Try to explain a substantive means always to use a phrase because you do not have another word to mean that substantive/substance/matter. ////there are some cases that you have another mean to a substantive. Etymology means you have that meaning in one other idiom. Two twins or “et” from ethanol that means two/twins carbons in alcoholic/”ol” compound.
    I was surprised with your etymology. Congratulation.

  52. Alexandria Connelly -  July 22, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    @Jade Marie Nubcake

    Nobody likes spelling nazi’s, they are one of the most hated people on the internet *tsk tsk*

    and … “Nubcake” ??? wtf? WOW.


    lolol cracks me up :D

  53. josep -  July 22, 2010 - 7:43 pm

    why isn’t oneironaut in the dictionaty? I would like to check how it is pronounced it and it does not appear.

  54. Day Dreamer -  July 22, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    “in a theater” that should read.

  55. Day Dreamer -  July 22, 2010 - 6:59 pm

    Simply put, Inception is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Please make sure you watch it a theater, the special effects are dazzilng! Chris Nolan is a MASTER film maker, and Leo DiCaprio is one of the best actors of his generation.

  56. Miriam -  July 22, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    i have stopped myself from falling in a dream and landed softly. it is amazing how much confidence it gives you in your conscience world. it is also the chicken or the egg scenario. did i realize subconsciously that i could handle anything that comes my way or did i realize that i could handle anything because of my subconscious?

    and btw jade, lighten up. we all make mistakes and being a genius has nothing to do with level of education.

  57. Jade Marie Nubcake -  July 22, 2010 - 6:10 pm

    It’s spelled “echoes”, geniuses.

  58. Jovanna -  July 22, 2010 - 6:09 pm

    I have no idea wat I jst read I’m so confused ha! But wat I do understand is that there’s different kinds of dreams I have the weirdest dreams ever did u kno the average human dream lasts 5-10minutes but it feels like it was a very long time ;)

  59. Jaydub -  July 22, 2010 - 5:32 pm

    No results found for oneironaut

    Wow, your blog didn’t really make it clear that it waasn’t a real word xD

  60. Jsa2010 -  July 22, 2010 - 5:06 pm

    I want to accomplish Astral traveling.

  61. LittleMissLee -  July 22, 2010 - 5:05 pm

    What? That’s what Inception is about!? HEY! I used to play a game as a kid that I could do that! I’m suing!!!



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