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Date Posted: 08:19
Author: Eponymous-16Dec01
Subject: Re: Whether meditative “visions” are alternate “perceptions”
In reply to: ketch-16Dec01 's message, "Re: Whether meditative “visions” are alternate “perceptions”" on 08:18

In our dreams we can also touch a tree, smell its bark, taste its sap etc."

Actually, you can't - at least not generally. Try it. Dreams are not nearly as modally rich as people think they are; typically, dreamers do not experience touch, taste or hearing at all, and even the operant sense modalities are relatively impoverished. (E.g., less vivid color sensations.)

(As an aside, my experience is that in the one or two cases I have thought to ask "Is this a dream?" while dreaming, I have had no trouble answering in the affirmative.)

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