Have you ever woken up after a strange dream that feels almost like an impossible puzzle: confusing, inconsequent and peculiar?

Dreams are preparing us for the unforeseen

American researcher Erik Hoel has proposed a theory on why we have such peculiar dreams. He suggests that they serve as the brain's effort to prepare us for the unforeseen.

Drawing inspiration from how artificial intelligence (AI) is trained, Hoel explains that scientists add disruptions and clutter to the training process to make sure that AI adapts to all possible encounters.

Could it be possible that our brains are employing a similar strategy? Where our peculiar dreams function as a mechanism to keep us prepared for novel and unexpected situations.

Source: Erik Hoel, The overfitted brain: Dreams evolved to assist generalization