No, this is not a post about marriage.
It is, however, a post about one of the scientific ideas spawned from the very first episode of Fringe—two consciousness inhabiting one body.
Yes, you read that correctly. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.
In order to get some necessary information to heal an agent from a really nasty sort of flesh destroying disease and stop a potential terrorist, F.B.I. Agent Olivia Dunham has to undergo a risky procedure involving a sensory deprivation tank, psychotropic drugs (one of which is LSD), an electromagnetic probe inserted into the base of both persons skulls and a recently released (from an insane asylum) Dr. Walter Bishop.
Nothing to worry about, right?
In this episode, Dr. Bishop explains the procedure was essentially a way to access someone else’s memories by joining the electrical fields of both minds. The fields become synced and the two people are essentially in a shared dream state.
So, in watching this episode, I had to ask (and research) to find out if it is at all possible to enter into the subconscious mind of another person. And if so, is it then possible for the former’s mind to transfer into the mind of the latter?
For the next nine or so episodes, the other agent whom Agent Dunham joins a shared dream state with essentially takes up residence in her mind. She sees him, he speaks to her and even helps with investigations. Her brain finally gets to a point where it can expel his memories and she’s able to say goodbye to her former partner and lover.
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Inception“, you get a much deeper journey into the shared dream state. There are many who believe that such a thing is possible.
Currently there are only anecdotal statements regarding this phenomenon, and nothing scientifically proven. Oneironautic scientists are currently attempting to find ways in which they can actually measure whether or not a shared dream state not only exists, but whether or not it is possible for someone to travel into someone else’s dreams purposely.
So I guess we’re going to have to wait awhile before we start jumping into sensory deprivation tanks, shooting up the LSD and hoping into someone else’s dreams.