On Tuesday, the NDC issued a warning for Hawaii. I don’t have any data to speak to that. It may just be people are dreaming about Hawaii because many people are thinking about it by day, and there are certainly many eyes on Pahoa. It is worth noting also because it seems somewhat synchronistic, as I am witnessing a substantial uptick in dream language on dreams.props.org involving a different term: tsunami.
To date I have only discussed trends in dream language, but now that the trend data is available publicly and anyone can see that tsunami is up 300% in the past two weeks, today I want to share some specific examples behind that data.
Last night I had a dream about an earthquake and 9/11. Dafuq.
— Nelson (@Eazy_Estevez) November 4, 2014
Dafuq indeed. Actually, past, current events, and possible futures are often mixed in dreams. Here’s a similar temporal setup:
Had a dream a dog bit my foot and gave me Ebola, but a tsunami hit London and killed me before Ebola had a chance to☺️
— I don't like you (@laylaashakira) October 17, 2014
So, finding and quoting a single tweeted dream about something is actually not that impressive. It can be quite fun! But clearly, neither of those dreams individually proves anything (except, perhaps, what a fascinating and strange source of data this is…).
In fact, both earthquakes and tsunamis have been symbols in dreams since time immemorial, and it is even common for people to tweet about both from time to time. So, what is significant here is not that someone, somewhere, had a dream about a tsunami. It is that lots of people, everywhere, are dreaming about tsunamis suddenly over the last 2 weeks.
Why tf do I keep dreaming of tsunami's? 😖 its effingg scary ..I hate it 😩 It's like the4th dream in a month 🌊
— DES; (@Deelove4u) November 3, 2014
And I may have dreamt the sequel to a previous tsunami dream. So exhausting.
— Johanna Fernandez (@gillespia) November 4, 2014
and the latest tsunami dreams are for the most part quite frightening and confusing:
I had a nightmare about a tsunami!!! Why!? that was a weird scary thing to dream. — Ashley Priscilla (@ashleypm93_) November 6, 2014
I had a dream about Tsunami’s and I have a weird irrational fear of them so that was a fun experience. — laura (@thetvshowlife) November 6, 2014
had a dream I was in a tsunami nd it was literally so scary
— Emily (@EmilyOHagann) November 5, 2014
Last night I dreamt I cried constantly in fever, got shot by Isis and then drowned in a tsunami. Worst night of my entire life #BrokenWoman
— Sophie Palmer (@SophiePalmer7) November 6, 2014
So, the obvious question is: what does this mean?
I will explore this in the next post, and in the meantime, by all means, I welcome your thoughts.
Just a short post tonight, to share the news that the dream data is now live on http://dreams.props.org. The data refreshes every 24 hours, and displays the most significant break-outs of trends in dream language observed from social data sources.
Please see my previous posts for more information on why our dream data should be open source (an introduction to harvesting dream language), what can be learned from dream language and its significance in light of current events including ebola, and more on the technical aspects of the process.
In dreams this week, it is interesting to note that the “dollar” is up over 200% — even as Russia weighs banning the US currency within its borders.