Erik Hoel: Why we have lost our ability to dream; Author of "The Revelations"


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Erik Hoel is a neuroscientist and author of "The Revelations" a scientific murder mystery that Vance regards as the best new book he has read in more than a decade. Vance and Erik have a fascinating conversation about dreams, consciousness, the Digital Commonwealth and the value of breaking the "5th Wall" in books where the author lets you peer into the consciousness of the characters.

Chapters —

3:26 Start

4:09 Enter the Supersensorium

10:53 You don't have to like art

18:41 Revelations

22:40 Breaking the 5th Wall

32:01 Creating Characters in Fiction

36:32 Mind-Body Problem

43:22 Illusions of Consciousness

47:02 Treading on Current Phenomena

49:49 Digital Commonwealth

1:00:58 How to quit the Supersensorium

1:04:44 Neuroscientist thoughts on Psychedelics


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