William of Occam
Simply put, we should
understand the dream to be "the 'coming into being' of waking consciousness,
as the metamorphosis of sleeping into waking" (RM 25).
dreaming confirms that interior is anterior.
That the modern mind is willing to accept a Freudian explanation of dreaming
that hard meets the test of Occam's
Razor, while refusing to acknowledge the possibility that mind is not
the product of an individual brain, provokes his reductio
ad absurdum scorn.
It is the
first principle of Western science that, of two hypotheses, either of which
furnishes an adequate explanation, the simpler should always be preferred.
That no doubt is why, in order to explain a dream, we reject the complex
notion that the physical organism emerged from a condition anterior to
the physical and adopt the simpler and more elegant hypothesis that the
psyche desires (but without knowing that it desires) to return to a physical
womb, regarding that (but without knowing that it regards it) as a convenient
base from which to commence the further operation of becoming its own father.
|See in particular
"Dream, Myth, and Philosophical Double Vision" (RM 22-31).