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If we all agree that dreams are created by our own minds, then how could some dreams surprise us, since, after all, all the things that could happen in a dream are made up by us, hence should be utterly predictable and be of no surprise at all? For example, if you are awake and doing some day dreaming, you would never be surprised by what you are imagining, right?

Then why some dreams are surprising, and kind of unpredictable?

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Conscious thoughts can be plenty surprising too. –  Nick Stauner Aug 23 at 18:58
    
we don't understand our own minds –  user6654 Sep 1 at 12:12

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