I have this recurring dream scenario – I’ve been granted three wishes and my first is a sort of smart holodeck that lets me visit most anywhere in the universe and answer questions about what I’m seeing. My first destination is always Mars, often followed by Venus and the question “could we terraform this place and how?”
I was suddenly awoken from one of these on Saturday morning. I was probably having the dream because I’ve been looking at lots of Mars rover and other space pictures all week. What woke me was the awareness I just wasn’t ‘seeing’ anything. It was like the images were there but they weren’t being shown – or I wasn’t seeing them; like they were implied by the storyline.
When I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I did ‘see’ the images in a dream. I was never very good at the whole minds eye thing.
So I’m curious: when people talk about seeing something in their minds eye, is it actually anything like seeing? Or is it more like calling up the sum of all the little details?