Two respondents challenge assertions I've made in my
last two blogs. Sanctuary says it's a complete myth that
the British guns in Singapore were pointed the wrong
way in 1942: preparations had been made for repulsing
an attack from the north, albeit inadequate ones.
Thanks, Sanks. I just repeated the old story uncritically.
And Deborah says she's unimpressed with the idea that
everything we've ever experienced is lodged somewhere
in our minds. Well, it wasn't my idea so much as another
Denis's, but happily none of us can prove it either way.
I do agree with Deborah that our conscious brains seek
to impose some kind of order on the apparently random
events in our dreams – and, as she says, our ideas of
order do probably spring from what we're most familiar
with. I love it, though, that we can make whatever we
wish of these extraordinary scenarios that unwind in our
heads when we sleep. According to the Talmud, for
instance, a dream is one-sixtieth prophecy. How did they
work that out?