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An exclusive look at the dreams Santiago Ramon y Cajal
recorded to prove Freud was wrong.
BY BEN EHRLICH. ILLUSTRATIONS BY FEDERICA BORDONI. AUGUST 20, 2015
Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Spanish histologist and anatomist known today as the father of modern neuroscience, was also a committed psychologist who believed psychoanalysis and Freudian dream theory were “collective lies.” When Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, the science world swooned over his theory of the unconscious. Dreams quickly became synonymous with repressed desire. Puzzling dream images could unlock buried conflicts, the psychoanalyst said, given the correct interpretation./.../