I'd like to explore a personal example of inductive reasoning with you guys. I'll oversimplify inductive reasoning as the idea that, If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's a duck. (I'm sure you know there's more to it than that, but the duck analogy is a perfect example of the particular experience I'd like to share.) Here is my example: I have a small poodle. Two days before the new year she was in a fight with a large dog, and got her left eye popped out of her head! I took her to the emergency vet, and they put her eye back in, but in order to do so they had to cut a little bit along the side of the eye. Then, in order to keep the eye in, she had to have the eyelid sewn closed for 10 to 20 days. So, we would not know for at least ten days whether she would be blind in that eye. Well, yesterday was the 11th day and they did take the stitches out. It turns out that she is blind in the eye. Of course I love my dog very much, and of course, I was very sad for her yesterday. I really needed someone to help me salve my soul. I didn't realize that however, and I had a headache, so I took my little dog and went for a nap and some private wallowing. I slept for three hours. During that three hours I had a very involved dream in which my best friends all came and partied me up, and helped soothe my soul. It was not a fully lucid dream, but I had enough awareness in it to feel as though it was really happening. (as apposed to normal dreams that you are usually not aware of until you wake and remember them, or the fully lucid kind in which you are able to control yourself.) Anyway, I woke up feeling better. Certainly some of the feeling better was a result of having the nap, as I had not slept well the night before in anticipation of the vet visit. But the fact is, I felt better in a deep down way that came from having my friends comforting me. So the question is: If it looked like my friends, and felt like my friends, and had the same effect that being with my friends always has, was it reality? Obviously I was not with my friends in the waking world. I mean, im not denying that the reality of the dream was completely internal. But what difference does that make to objective reality? It didn't PHYSICALLY happen, yet it DID happen, and it caused a real effect. Is it reality, when the end result is the same as it would have been if it had happened without, instead of within? Btw, my little dog is taking the whole thing much better than I am. The vet told me that would be true, but I didn't believe it.