The importance of dreams has sparked debates from numerous scientists, psychologists, and spiritual pundits. But David Goodman, chief scientist and founder of the Newport Neuroscience Center, feels he’s onto something by interpreting dreams.

The Irvine, Calif. scientist believes that by studying our dreams we can pin-point an exact mood pattern. He has coined this new dream/mood theory Mental Chromatics, which could potentially lead to a “moody computer” and other sorts of artificial intelligence that play on moods.

“Tens of millions are being spent to digitally simulate human emotion,” said Goodman. “By the mere expedience of translating dream records into an electronic format, along with interpretive software, then you have a human consciousness that can be cloned in a computing system.”

Goodman is sort of a modern day “mad scientist,” conducting most of his experiments himself. After finding discontent with the way the pharmaceutical industry worked, he diverged on his own to start the Neurotics Center, and thus began a long process to track what was going on inside his head at night. Goodman taught himself to wake up and record at least four dreams per night.

Through 27 years and the analysis of 23,000 dreams, Goodman determined a clear pattern for what was happening during sleep. Those patterns, he would claim, related to mood and could be hinged to a particular pattern.

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