"None of us, no matter what continent or island or ice cap, asked to be born in the first place, and that even somebody as old as I am, which is 80, only just got here."
The idea that people could learn while asleep was a source of continuing fascination to people in the early 20th century.
This cover for the novel provides an artist's conception of the hypnobioscope:
The first use of this idea outside science fiction was apparently the invention of the "Psycho-Phone" by In 1927 by Alois Benjamin Saliger . He asserted that "It has been proven that natural sleep is identical with hypnotic sleep and that during natural sleep the unconscious mind is most receptive to suggestions." Modern research indicates that "sleep teaching" doesn't really work.
Unlike the devices used to present information to the brain by the roundabout method of playing it out loud and then entering through the ears, the hypnobioscope acts directly on the brain itself.
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