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Sleeping and Dreaming

By Tom Chatfield  

For the first time since completing our supplement on its beginnings, I returned to Wellcome Collection yesterday to see the preview of their second major exhibition, Sleeping & Dreaming, which opened today.

The topic is a fascinating one, in part because it rests on some of the most central physiological questions humanity has yet to answer: why do we sleep, why do we dream, and what do sleep and dreams signify? Faithful to its eclectic mission, Wellcome Collection doesn’t try to present any answers or firm conclusions. Instead, these topics are explored via five thematic sections that combine science and…

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