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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming$
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Ernest Hartmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.001.0001

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The Functions of the Continuum

The Functions of the Continuum

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(p.121) 12 The Functions of the Continuum
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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming
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Ernest Hartmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.003.0012

This chapter argues that although the sixth and last point of the contemporary theory—that the entire continuum has a function—is very difficult to prove or even to approach experimentally, it appears to need no proof. It seems self-evident. As we think of human beings living normal human lives (now or in ancestral times), focused-waking-thought is obviously useful. It is clearly important and functional for us to be able to think directly and clearly, to accomplish a task, to make and to carry out plans for the future.

Keywords:   focused-waking-thought, human life, function, continuum, focused-waking-thought

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