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From: barry@webveranda.com (Barry Campbell);
Sent at Tue, 23 Dec 1997 19:05:04 -0800;
Re:New Glasses

You may think that this is flaky as hell, but pay attention to your dreams (literally--I mean the kind you have when you're asleep) over the next few weeks.

When I switched to bifocals several years ago, I remember having the most vivid and interesting dreams for a couple of weeks afterwards, as my eyes adjusted to the new way of seeing.

I don't know if the phenomenon was optical, neurological, or just a product of my depraved imagination. I have only an interested layman's knowledge of neuroscience, but it seems to me that "training" the eyes to move about in certain arcs is bound to rewire/recode some optical processing at the very least, and if nothing else seeing clearly again will provide visual stimulus of renewed intensity for the subconscious mind to chew on during REM sleep. :-)

I'll be very interested to know if you have a similar experience.

From: raines@raines.com (Raines Cohen);
Sent at Tue, 23 Dec 1997 19:05:20 -0800;
Re:New Glasses

This brings back memories for me of two things: Getting new glasses at 12 or so, stronger than the previous pair, and walking back home as the snow in Boston was melting after the Blizzard of '78 ... the distortion (until my eyes adjusted) made it look like the snow was running uphill.

Secondly, of revisiting Beverly, Mass., my birthplace, at age 5, after learning to read. Seemingly, in the year since I lived there, the city had installed signs -- everywhere! A truly amazing experience, suddenly perceiving what was there all along, but without meaning. Metaphorically: Doors in an adventure game -- they're a lot more interesting once you've found the key!

Happy Chanukah, Solstice, Xmas and New Year.

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