Carol Hardick    Feb 4, 2011 4:25 pm

In January a young but troubled Jared Loughner shot six people and injured 14 more including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He was “obsessed with dreaming,” lucid dreams especially. From an ABC story, Dr. Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychology and neurology at the University of Arizona said that lucid dreaming, “It’s a concept straight out of movies like “The Matrix” and last summer’s “Inception,” in which characters live out superhuman lives in their sleep. ” 

Loughner also thought his mind was manipulated and he was being controlled by the government. Movies like “Inception” and “The Matrix” are a huge commercial success based on those theories of mind manipulation. These mind control themes are flooding our culture; should we wonder why 25% of the world thinks the 9/11 attacks for example, were manipulated, that we never went to the moon, and so on.

I teach lucid dreams when I lecture on Einstein and Black Elk, which is usually my fifth class of eight at MIT.  After this tragedy in Tuscon I feel I need to teach the topic of lucid dreams differently. Any suggestions?