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Do Blind People 'see' anything when they dream?
01-31-2005, 01:55 AM
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Do Blind People 'see' anything when they dream?
I'd be interested to here some replies, preferably from the mouth of a blind person.


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01-31-2005, 04:39 AM
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But if a person was born blind, their brain wouldn't have any idea what "seeing" is. So their dreams would probably be limited to sounds and smells etc.
Just like since we can't see infra-red light, we can't even see it in our dreams.





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01-31-2005, 04:58 AM
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I'd be interested to here some replies, preferably from the mouth of a blind person.


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" Yes, blind people do dream. What they see in their dreams depends on how much they could ever see. If someone has been totally blind since birth, they only have auditory dreams.


I considered answering your question myself, but decided that you might prefer an answer straight from the source. So I passed your question on to my friend, Laurie, who has been blind since she was fairly young. Here's what she had to say



If someone such as I, has had a measure of sight, then that person dreams with that measure of sight. I still dream as though I can see, colors included. For people I've met since, their faces are just blurs or how I imagine they look. To me, someone like my mother looks forever 30. "


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01-31-2005, 05:27 AM
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Without getting into it too much, you can't doubt that your mind renders images, predominantly images of recent events, although this doesn't have to be the case. My question is based on those that were born blind, so have never seen. I have had a think about it, and come to the conclusion that our dreams our drawn mainly from are visual or iconic sense. I wouldn't be surprised if blind people have dreams utilising their other senses such as a dream with sound or smell.

In general, it appears that those who have been blind from birth or
very early childhood have just as vivid dreams as the rest of us.
However their dreams centre upon the non-visual senses particularly
smell and sound, but also to a surprisingly large degree the sense of
touch. Whilst most of us usually view things before we feel them, the
blind often "see" with their fingertips and hence tactile dreaming is
not uncommon.


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