“An Economy of Dreams – IV” / A Memorable Fancy #219

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.]

Dreams of those accused of crimes are monitored to discover if a confession could be inferred. (“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, this man’s dreams included details only the perpetrator could know.”) Juries were seldom persuaded, since the police and prosecutors would also know these things.

Since dreaming of a specific crime did not succeed in convicting people of that crime, dreaming of any crime was itself defined as a crime, under the heading of “material support.” “Another loophole,” the DA announced, “has been closed.” In the morning he checked to make sure he hadn’t just dreamed of making this announcement. Satisfied, he dreamed about running for Mayor.


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