Dreams http://nhpr.org en The Creepiest Stories On The Web http://nhpr.org/post/creepiest-stories-web <p></p><p>The telling of the scary story is as old as the campfire. Now, they’ve made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web. The internet’s hunger for new, sharable content has sped up production of scary stories and urban legends. A bewildering number of web-forums, messages boards, and specialty websites are dedicated to sharing stories that have been passed around so often that no one knows where they came from, and which maybe, possibly, could be true. The genre is called “creepypasta,” a silly-seeming name for some of the scariest stuff on the web. Our guest <strong>Will Wiles, </strong>wrote about "creepypasta," a genre he calls the folk literature of the web.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:38:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 42506 at http://nhpr.org The Creepiest Stories On The Web Lucid Dream Research Goes Mainstream http://nhpr.org/post/lucid-dream-research-goes-mainstream <p>For a long time, the study of dreams was marred in mysticism and pseudo science to warrant academic respect. But in the 1970’s, a man named <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_LaBerge" target="_blank">Stephen LaBerge</a> gained a measure of credibility for his research into the phenomenon called “lucid dreaming”, but he ultimately remained on the fringes of mainstream science. &nbsp;In more recent years, films like <em>Inception</em> and <em>The Matrix</em> have been increasing public interest into the mysteries of the dream-state. Mirroring this rise in pop culture appeal, lucid dream research is beginning to move out of the fringes and into the scientific mainstream. <strong>Dorian Rolston </strong>is a freelance writer covering cognitive science, mental health, and the mind. <a href="https://medium.com/matter/c85e3bb29693" target="_blank">His article</a> on the work of Stephen LaBerge, and new efforts to understand lucid dreaming appeared in the online publication, <em>Matter</em>.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:48:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39552 at http://nhpr.org Lucid Dream Research Goes Mainstream Just A Man Following His Dreams...To Build A Castle http://nhpr.org/post/just-man-following-his-dreamsto-build-castle <p></p><p>In the words of Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. now put the foundations under them.”&nbsp; Thoreau wasn’t writing about constructing actual castles, but realizing one’s dreams.&nbsp;<a href="http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/archive/author_archive.php?aut_id=30333"> Sean Hurley </a>found a North Country man who’s castle in the air is actually a castle…and he’s building it. Sean takes us on this radio field trip to the kingdom of Thornton.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:30:00 +0000 Sean Hurley 26055 at http://nhpr.org Just A Man Following His Dreams...To Build A Castle