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Old 02-21-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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anyone privy to this stuff? are all people in our dreams people that we have met previously or does our mind have like a random face generator of sorts.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:01 AM   #2
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anyone privy to this stuff? are all people in our dreams people that we have met previously or does our mind have like a random face generator of sorts.

I was under the impression that our minds do not have a "random face generator" and that the people in our dreams are people we've at least seen at some point in our lives.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:06 AM   #3
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There's actually recent research on this that I read about from an article posted on here, that every face in a dream is in fact of someone we've seen before. That we cannot create a human face, and it's tied into our unique ability to recognize faces.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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there isn't technically any random face generator, but to me, there might as well be. the number of anonymous faces we see day in and day out for only a split second can be likened to putting millions of different numbers on little pieces of paper in a hat, and then drawing them out. it's all based on who you've seen and which numbers you put in and pull out, but as far as human beings are concerned, the very process is so utterly removed from our consciousness that it might as well be considered random.

though i suppose in a dream, faces would sort of necessarily have to correlate to personality characteristics of the person you're dreaming about. at least that's how i assume the mind functions.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:50 AM   #5
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Your brain actually can't randomly generate anything, everything is some sort of experience or memory from the past.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:52 AM   #6
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Shouldn't it be possible then that we can create a new face by piecemealing together different parts? They can all come from experience, one person's eyes, anothers mouth, a third's nose, hair etc.

We do it conceptually thinking about the perfect woman, or even in a number of other applications. Our brain is good at, and naturally wants to catagorize and break things into sections that it can handle.

Wouldn't that be a completely new face that we've never really seen before, yet it's built like from known quantities, so it is generated from known experiences, like One says up there.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #7
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Shouldn't it be possible then that we can create a new face by piecemealing together different parts? They can all come from experience, one person's eyes, anothers mouth, a third's nose, hair etc.

We do it conceptually thinking about the perfect woman, or even in a number of other applications. Our brain is good at, and naturally wants to catagorize and break things into sections that it can handle.

Wouldn't that be a completely new face that we've never really seen before, yet it's built like from known quantities, so it is generated from known experiences, like One says up there.

that's what I was referring to by random. a face that's a mix of features from different people, hence not entirely the same.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #8
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Shouldn't it be possible then that we can create a new face by piecemealing together different parts? They can all come from experience, one person's eyes, anothers mouth, a third's nose, hair etc.

We do it conceptually thinking about the perfect woman, or even in a number of other applications. Our brain is good at, and naturally wants to catagorize and break things into sections that it can handle.

Wouldn't that be a completely new face that we've never really seen before, yet it's built like from known quantities, so it is generated from known experiences, like One says up there.

did you really ever have the visuals of a complete perfect woman on your mind? I doubt it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:47 AM   #9
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I've had a dream about a girl I have never seen in my life. So I don't know...
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #10
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I heard about this theory. First, there is NO way to prove this. Second, our minds are capable of pretty much anything.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #11
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I think I once read our dreaming mind recombines (actually can recombine would be more accurate) facial characteristics of people we have seen before into random new faces.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:13 PM   #12
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I was under the impression that our minds do not have a "random face generator" and that the people in our dreams are people we've at least seen at some point in our lives.
i too am under the same impression.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:20 PM   #13
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I was under the impression that our minds do not have a "random face generator" and that the people in our dreams are people we've at least seen at some point in our lives.

Or past lives..
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:29 PM   #14
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Your brain actually can't randomly generate anything, everything is some sort of experience or memory from the past.
stupid. anything is anything from the past. SORT THAT OUT


no i just mean that you shouldn't assume that because it would lead that if you've seen each pixel of any colour in your lifetime you are able generate anything. which is not true. it's complicated to tell whether it's a new object or part of old object.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:03 PM   #15
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No, the brain cannot create something out of nothing. Odds are you're seeing someone you passed in a hallway or a mall and your subconscious remembered.
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