Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Dreaming and the place of consciousness in nature

Antti Revonsuo a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku, Finland [email protected]


The research program defended by O'Regan & Noë (O&N) cannot give any plausible explanation for the fact that during REM-sleep the brain regularly generates subjective experiences (dreams) where visual phenomenology is especially prominent. This internal experience is almost invariably organized in the form of “being-in-the-world.” Dreaming presents a serious unaccountable anomaly for the sensorimotor research program and reveals that some of its fundamental assumptions about the nature of consciousness are questionable.