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How is a totem used to identify the real world?

Totems are objects unique to their owners in that they carry a particular set of traits that are known only to their owners. Because these traits are known only to the totem's owner and no one else, one can determine whether he/she is in someone else's dream by using the totem as a reference point.

For example, say you were to have a pair of black socks as your totem and only you know that a red dot exists on the heel of the sock for your left foot. If you suspect that you are in someone else's dream, all you need to do is to check your left foot to see if that red dot is in fact there. If it isn't, then you know that you are in another's dream (because the red dot should be there if you are in present reality).

Hing asked the question 2010-08-22 12:49:45 UTC view / hide
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