7 great discoveries in the history of science with the help of the subconscious mind

When we are asleep, our subconscious mind can work on issues that our conscious mind cannot solve. Most people who have tackled crosswords as a hobby know how much a nap can sometimes help them find the answers! But the invisible hand of sleep has not always been able to solve the table of mankind, but sometimes it has led to great scientific discoveries in history!

When we are asleep, our subconscious mind can work on issues that our conscious mind cannot solve. Most people who have tackled crosswords as a hobby know how much a nap can sometimes help them find the answers! But the invisible hand of sleep has not always been able to solve the table of mankind, but sometimes it has led to great scientific discoveries in history!

• 1. Discovery of the periodic table of Mendeleev
• 2. Discovery of Evolution by Natural Selection
• 3. Discovery of the Structure of Benzene and Aromatic Chemistry
• 4. Discovering thousands of new ideas in mathematics (Thousands of New Mathematical Ideas) 5. Discovery of the Scientific Method
• 6. Discovering the transmission of signals chemically (Nerves Transmit Signals Chemically)
• 7. The Fossil Fish
• Summary

1. Discovery of the Periodic Table of Mendeleev

Dmitri Mendeleev sought to find a logical way to organize and classify the chemical elements of his table, and this issue had long occupied his mind! In 1869, in order to classify the elements, he wrote the name of each element along with its characteristics on cards. Mendeleev clearly saw that atomic weight was an important characteristic of the elements, but he could not find a logical pattern based on this characteristic for the elements in his table! After playing with cards for hours, he realized that he was close to a certain pattern, but as he moved the cards, he finally fell asleep at the table!
When he woke up, he was surprised and excited to find that Zamir His subconscious had followed his half-finished work and now he could create a logical arrangement of the elements!
He later wrote:

In my dream I saw a table where all the elements on the card were in their proper place. had taken When I woke up, I immediately wrote down what I saw on a piece of paper!
Dmitri Mendeleev, 1834-1907

A picture of Dmitri Mendeleev with long hair and a beard who loved chemistry and was also a charismatic professor who cut his beard once a year

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2. Discovery of Evolution by Natural Selection

Alfred Russel Wallace "Alfred Russel Wallace" was a British biologist, explorer, geographer and anthropologist who is more than anything due to the discovery of the process of independent natural selection. From Charles Darwin, it is famous. During his studies, he traveled to Brazil and Southeast Asia, and during these research trips, he recorded different species in different geographical locations. During one of these studies, Russell Wallace tried to explain the observed differences. to understand the differences between species due to their separation due to geographical barriers and to know how new species can emerge in such conditions, but Alarakm did not find any answers in many efforts! Until, in 1858, he saw a dream due to a hallucination caused by a fever, which promised to discover evolution in the shadow of natural selection by the unconscious!

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3. Discovery of the Structure of Benzene and Aromatic Chemistry (Discovery of the Structure of Benzene and Aromatic Chemistry)

August Kekul was the one who worked on the arrangement of benzene atoms, and this research is a difficult and impossible challenge. He had flexibility, because the ratio of carbon and hydrogen atoms in benzene was completely different from that found in other hydrocarbon compounds. Until one cold night in 1865, when he was working on the same subject in his room, he fell asleep!

In his sleep, the atoms danced before him and gradually arranged themselves in the form of a snake, then The atomic snake spun around and bit its tail. In the depths of this dream, the image of a snake biting its own tail danced in front of his eyes until he woke up. After this strange dream, August Kekule came to the conclusion that maybe benzene molecules can be arranged in the form of rings of carbon atoms and do not have a linear structure like other hydrocarbons!

Understanding these aromatic rings is one of the most important topics in chemistry, and its discovery provided scientists with a new understanding of chemical bonds. !

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4. Discovering thousands of new ideas in mathematics (Thousands of New Mathematical Ideas)

Although Srinivasa Ramanujan died in 1920, his ideas and conjectures in various fields, including Elliptic functions and number theory (almost all of which were correct!) were ahead of their time!
In this regard, Godfrey H. Godfrey H. Hardy, a distinguished Cambridge mathematician who collaborated with Ramanujan, admitted that if mathematical talent could be scored on a scale from 0 to 100, he himself deserved a score of 25. Littlewood's score was 30, David Hilbert's score was 80 and Srinivasa Ramanujan's score was 100.

Srinivasa Ramanujan had little formal training in mathematics and died tragically at the age of 32!

It is interesting to know that Ramanujan claimed that the Hindu goddess The name "Namagiri" appears in his dreams and shows him mathematical proofs!
Ramanujan described one of his dreams as follows:

While I was sleeping, I experienced an unusual dream! I dreamed that a red screen made of flowing blood appeared in front of me. Suddenly, a hand started to write some elliptic integrals on the screen, and by doing this, he got my full attention. The writings stuck in my mind and as soon as I woke up, I dutifully wrote them down!
Srinivasa Ramanujan, 1887-1920

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5. Unconscious and Discovery of the Scientific Method

Ren Descartes is a philosopher who created most of the frameworks of the modern scientific method. One of his main lines of thought was skepticism (the religion of doubt), which means that everything is open to doubt until proven!
In general, Descartes' four principles for the scientific method are:

• Never accept something as absolute truth until all doubts about it have been dispelled.
• Divide problems into as many parts as possible and necessary to provide a suitable solution.
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• Thoughts and ideas should be arranged, starting from the simplest ones and moving step by step towards the most complex ones! And be comprehensive to make sure that nothing is overlooked or forgotten!
• It is interesting to know that Descartes claimed to have seen the basis of the discovery of the scientific method in his dreams on November 10, 1619.

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6. Discovering the transmission of signals chemically (Nerves Transmit Signals Chemically)

Otto Loewi admitted in 1903 that nerve signals are probably transmitted using chemical instructions, but he had no proof of his claim! Until, in 1920, Lovy found the solution to his problem in a night dream and woke up excitedly in the middle of the night and wrote notes about his dream. But when he woke up in the morning, he neither remembered his previous night's dream nor could he read his nightly notes! In fact, his dream was about an experiment that Otto used to prove his idea and he was constantly struggling with it during the day!
Otto Levi dreamed about the same problem again the next night! So it was after these dreams that he finally did the research based on his dream and published the result of his work in 1921; He proved that signaling at synapses was done chemically as he had predicted. It is interesting to know that in 1936, this great man received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the work he proved in his sleep.

Ironic or not, it took 17 years for unconscious thoughts to reach the conscious mind in a man called the father of neuroscience!

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7. The Fossil Fish (The Fossil Fish)

Louis Agassiz was the most prominent expert in the world in the field of recognizing different species of fish (both current and extinct). In one of these researches, he spent two weeks trying to understand the fossil structure of a certain fish, but no progress was made!
In this regard, Agassiz's wife wrote about how he solved this problem in the form of night dreams:
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Lewis spent two weeks trying to decipher a fish fossil on a stone slab he kept at home. But he did not reach any result and tired and confused, he abandoned his work and tried to put it away from his mind. A few days later, Shabby woke up at night and claimed to have seen his fish with all its lost features completely restored while he was asleep. But after waking up, when he tried to picture the reconstructions of his dream, he jumped out of his mind. Nevertheless, he continued his research and tried to understand the fossil fish. But still no result!

The next night, Louis saw the fish again, but when he woke up, the image had disappeared from his memory. After that, on the third night, Louis decided to go to bed this time equipped and took a pen and paper with him to draw what he saw as soon as he woke up. Slow! His guess was right and near morning, the fish reappeared in his dream! Although Lewis was initially confused, he used his knowledge of zoology to try to describe what he had seen. So, in total darkness, he sketched the fish on the paper by his bed!

The next morning he was surprised to see the features he had drawn in his night sketch; He hurriedly went to his work room and using guide books, he carved parts of the fossil rock and the general shape of the fish fossil was exposed to his eyes. The result was literally amazing, because the resulting image subconsciously matched the fossil on the table, and the scientist even managed to easily classify this fish.

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Summary

Remember that if the conscious mind has access to accurate data, then a very powerful subconscious mind will step in and help you out like a savior angel. will push towards the answer. Because the subconscious mind can process and understand data well while sleeping, and as you have seen, some of the greatest scientific discoveries in history are proof of this!

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