Sunday SciKu | Prenatal Oneironauts

This week, researchers at Yale monitored retinal waves in the brains of mice to show that they were dreaming visually before birth, practicing the use of sight so they would be prepared for possible predators the moment they open their eyes.

Newborn humans exhibit some of the same behaviors, so this is believed to imply that fetuses dream as well. What’s interesting, though, is the question of what the dreams would be. Some kind of ancestral, epigenetic memory of sight?


morning fog
an infant dreams
in the womb


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