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National Geographic (Aug. 2018)

While it sometimes seems as if we have more nightmares than pleasant dreams, this probably isn’t true. Frightening dreams are simply more likely to trigger our override system and wake us.

“Want to Fall Asleep? Read This Story.”

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National Geographic (Aug. 2018)

Every time we experience REM sleep, we literally go mad. By definition, psychosis is a condition characterized by hallucinations and delusions. Dreaming, some sleep scientists say, is a psychotic state–we fully believe that we see what is not there, and we accept that time, location, and people themselves can morph and disappear without warning.

“Want to Fall Asleep? Read This Story.”

E. B. White – Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976 (1949)

We think the way for school children to get both sides of a controversy is to read several books on the subject, not one. In other words, we think the Board should strive for a well-balanced library, not a well-balanced book. The greatest books are heavily slanted, by the nature of greatness.

“Selecting School Books”

E. B. White – Writings from The New Yorker 1927-1976 (1949)

A healthy university in a healthy democracy is a free society in miniature. The pesky nature of democratic life is that it has no comfortable rigidity; it always hangs by a thread, never quite submits to consolidation or solidification, is always being challenged, always being defended. The seeming insubstantiality of this thread is a matter of concern and worry to persons who naturally would prefer a more robust support for the beloved structure. … But they do not always perceive that the elasticity of democracy is its strength—like the web of a spider, which bends but holds.

“Academic Freedom”