The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming was written to help bridge the gap between scientific and popular thinking on the subject of dreams. All three contributors were proficient at the art of "lucid dreaming," or knowing that one is dreaming while the dream is going on. This talent enabled the trio to study dreams from the inside out, by performing a wide range of experiments designed to test the ways in which it is possible to control dreams while lucid. Such experiments gradually illuminated the means by which virtually all dreams may originate and unfold.
The understanding that developed out of several years' worth of experimentation and analysis of lucid dreams strongly supported a relatively underrepresented view of dreaming, one which sees the process of dream creation as something rooted in the nature of the human perceptual system. A strong complement to contemporary neuroscientific information and ideas about dreaming, this perceptually based model has the potential to integrate a variety of perspectives and beliefs under the rubric of a single rational, commonsense approach. The present study should thus be of value to dream researchers and their students, members of the "dream community," lucid dreamers, and indeed anyone with a serious interest in dreams and human psychology.
From the Foreword by J. Allan Hobson, M.D., author of Dreaming as Delirium and The Dream Drugstore:
"It is my pleasure to encourage careful consideration of the unique body of data that forms the scientific base of this book. . . . Brooks and Vogelsong are true scientists in both their adherence to value-free description and their state-of-the-art interpretation of their data. The Conscious Exploration of Dreaming is a healthy antidote to the abundant New Age hyperbole on this important and serious subject."