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What do you wonder about? Pose your queries and answer questions from others. Contact us at ignis@potentialplusuk.org This edition Melonie King, aged 14, poses the question: WHY DO WE DREAM? “I dreamed a dream in time gone by” (Les Misérables) - but why? No one knows exactly why we dream but this TED talk examines some of the many theories about dreaming, and will perhaps inspire you to dream up one of your own! Embed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W85Dwxx218 Have you ever wondered whether animals dream? It has been known for some time that warm blooded animals and some birds definitely enter REM-like sleep states, which is the period when humans dream. Recently, however, German scientists have shown that lizards appear to enter a REM sleep state, leading to the possibility that cold-blooded creatures may dream as well. So, if they dream, what do you think they dream of? ➽ news.nationalgeographic. com/2015/09/150905-animals-sleep- science-dreaming-cats-brains ➽ www.bbc.com/future/story/20140425- what-do-animals-dream-about Other questions from Melonie this edition: ➽ Does nature shape our ➽ What would life be like without personalities more than nurture? ➽ Can you define success in life? ➽ Who decides what morality is? numbers? ➽ Is the mind the same as the brain? GET WONDERING AND LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS! IGNIS 3