One technology, Two Solutions

Historically, these two problems have been attacked separately due to their enormous complexity. We believe that this is a fundamental error that has stymied progress in our understanding of consciousness. Any solution that leads to a full understanding of consciousness must be able to answer both questions at the same time. This would represent a true General Theory of Consciousness.

The question is how to bridge the gap between these two problem spaces.

The answer is by stabilizing lucid dream states.

Lucid dreams are a type of dream where the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming. A skilled dreamer doesn’t just “awaken” themselves within a dream, they also control its narrative, characters, and environment. Lucid dreams are pure phenomenological experiences in the sense that they have little or no external sensory inputs such as light, sound, or smell. In many ways, a lucid dream is like a particle accelerator for consciousness. They allow us to witness the workings of consciousness in its purest form.

Lucid dreaming has been portrayed in many films—-perhaps most notably Inception and Waking Life—but lucid dreaming isn’t a fiction. There are thousands of skilled practitioners around the world that have developed techniques to increase their chances of lucid dreaming. But even the most skilled dreamers can’t induce lucid dreams on demand or sustain the dream at will. This makes it nearly impossible to study consciousness through lucid dreams with the same rigor we’d expect from other hard sciences.

If we can stabilize lucid dreams states, however, that would give us a vector to solve the easy problem of consciousness. At the same time, it would open a pathway to solving the hard problem as well. This is our vision at Prophetic: One technology, two solutions.