Dreams can be a lot productive. That doesn’t mean you can sleep the whole day, because, productivity is real. It doesn’t happen in real-life dreams. There are a lot of productive discoveries that have resulted from dreams and we will see only three contributions of those passionate dreamers- indeed, they did dream big. Before discussing the discoveries, let us know something about dreams.
What is a dream? Does our brain work while we dream? If it does, why couldn’t we control what we dream and why would we have nightmares if we have the remote to control the intensity of its horror.
These questions make dreams still one of the mysterious concepts that are yet to be understood better in psychology, even though there are many theories explaining other chemistries related with dreams but not exactly why do we dream.
Some of those theories argue that dreams play no significant role in the well being of an individual while others say, they have a pivotal role in the physical and mental goodness.
A discussion on dreams can be never ending as it is still a mystified phenomenon, even for scientists. But if you dream fiercely and big, you will end up bearing fruitful results, like the ones below.
‘Yesterday’ (The Beatles)
This song has been played over 7 million times in the 20th century alone, reports Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). On a quick search, you will find a lot of interesting facts about this song. A few of them are mentioned here.
After 12 years of its release, the song was inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame. It was made the best song of the 20th century in 1999 by a BBC Radio 2 poll- one of the popular radio stations in UK, which is now available worldwide via internet.
This ballad about the break-up of a relationship was announced as the best pop song of all time in 2000 by MTV and by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2001.
The origin of this song came from a dream when The Beatles were filming their album Help in 1965. Paul McCartney woke up after a dream and started playing it immediately and making others listen to assure if he is repeating any previously composed music. He was not!
This composition has more than 2200 cover versions, the most in the world.
A dream that won a Nobel Prize
This is a kind of hilarious incident that this dream got Otto Loewi, the father of neuroscience his Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1936. Loewi believed that the transmission of signals between neurons is not electrical but chemical and had nothing to prove his theory.
It was the Easter Saturday of 1921, when this dream gave him the facts needed to prove his theory. He got up midway in his sleep and scribbled the details in a piece of paper and got up so thrilled next day, only not to understood what he had written in his sleep. He explains that as the longest day in his life.
Fortunately the subsequent night he had the same dream. This time, he rushed to his lab to experiment the facts rather relying on his poor memory and hand writing. He succeeded!
The Mathematical Genius
This mathematical genius had no formal training in pure mathematics until reaching his higher secondary school. He made nearly 4000 mathematical proofs in his life of 32 years out of which most of them are ahead of his times’ mathematical knowledge and are used by renowned mathematicians in their research even today.
Most of his discovery of mathematical concepts are assisted by a deity, he says, in his own words, ‘While asleep, I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood, as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of elliptical integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing’.
He identifies the deity who helps him understand the mathematical concepts as the Hindu Goddess Namagiri, in whom Ramanujan’s family had a very strong faith.
GH Hardey, the Cambridge University Professor, when scaled his contemporary mathematicians’ genius in a scale of 100, he rated himself at 25, David Hilbert, a renowned German Mathematician at 80 and Ramanujan at 100.