This blog is dedicated to the writings of aeronautical engineer and time theorist J.W. Dunne (1875-1949). The focus is on Dunne’s writings about time and their widespread presence in popular culture.

Dunne and his influence are the subject of a new research project, Dreaming the Future, headed by Katy Price at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. The project is an experiment in how academic research and public engagement can influence each other from an early stage. Instead of conducting scholarly research and telling people about it afterwards, the aim is to talk about Dunne with as many different groups as possible, allowing these encounters to shape research questions and outputs.

Dreaming the Future seeks collaborators from all quarters. Perspectives, questions and comments on Dunne and his influence are welcomed from all readers, both within and beyond academic circles. International perspectives are especially welcome.

This project is committed to keeping an open mind about whether or not precognitive dreams are possible. The intention is not to prove or disprove Dunne’s theory, but to show that belief in dreaming the future is a rich cultural resource that is still serving readers, writers, film-makers, philosophers and psychologists today.

Genuine and fictional accounts of precognitive dreaming are welcome: please use the contact form. You may also wish to submit non-fictional accounts to Anthony Peake.


11 responses to “About

  1. Pingback: An Experiment With Time — An Appreciation « Quirk

  2. Hi, I have been working on a biography of Dunne for several years now. Then last year the Science Museum acquired his extensive archive of professional papers, from drawings of his aeroplanes to unpublished angles on Serialism. To date I have waded about half way through it. You can see some of my findings at http://www.steelpillow.com/blocki/index.html Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to know more about.

    • katyprice

      Fantastic! Thanks Guy. I am also working on a finding aid for the papers, starting from the non-aviation side. Would be wonderful to chat.

  3. @Katy, Have dropped a line to your QM email but got a form reply saying you don’t do Fridays.

  4. eberhard

    I can definitly report of a dream which was a forecast of some tenth of years experience.

    With 18 years I had a dream in which there was a man clothed in the coat of a bear depicted on a red background.
    And there in the dream was a name: Nils.
    Twenty years later I was on a course in Copenhagen and there was a book with a cover of a man clothed in the coat of a bear on a red background.
    And there was a girl, I was interested in, and she had a friend with name Nils.

    At return from the course I saw in a bookstore a book with the title “Experience with time” which I bought.

    So for me there is no doubt, that at least some important events are fixed in our future.
    And if this is so than it is of paramount importance to understand the nature of time better.

    In the last years I translated “serialism” partly into German on my website “www.eagate.de” and tried to understand more and more this theory.

    Glad to her from You

  5. Mark Allaby

    Does anyone know anything about The Time Club? It met in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s under the chairmanship of the psychologist Eric Graham Howe to discuss Dunne’s theory. I have been unable to find out anything about it beyond the fact that it existed.

    • kittprice

      Hello Mark. Thanks for asking about this. There is a reference to Major Douglas being involved in the Time Club in the papers of JW Dunne which are now held by the Science Museum at Wroughton. I will ask Guy Inchbald and another colleague if anyone knows any more. regards kitt

  6. The note to which Kitt refers was made by J.A. Warner Allan in 1934. I recall it as being trivial. Although my rummage through Dunne’s papers was not exhaustive, I found no significant reference to the Time Club. Nor have I found any trace of it in contemporary writings, i.e. I have found no evidence that it had any significant influence or lasted for any length of time. Other theories of Time were also prevalent around then, such as Ouspensky’s cyclical model, so it may be that the Club had a wider focus. Where did you hear about it and can you tell us any more?

    • Mark Allaby

      Thank you Kitt and Guy for that response. I recently published an account of the life and work of the artist Charles Paine – reviewed here: https://haji-b.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/charles-paine-his-life-and-work-by-mark.html
      In a list of his industrial and educational experience compiled some time during or shortly after the war Paine includes this: ‘Dr. Eric Graham Howe: Dunne’s Theory of Time. Under the Chairmanship of Dr. Howe demonstrated to the Time Club, the time factor in relation to Colour, Form and Colour, Morality and Reality, I and Me.’ The last two are books by Howe, illustrated by Paine, pub. respectively 1934, 1935. That is the only source of my information apart from a poem of 90 lines written by Alexandra Burns on 11th October 1945 and titled ‘The Cosmic Law Portrayed’. She adds the following comment: “Written after seeing an abstract portrayal of the Cosmic Law in action on a drawing board by Charles Paine. For Charles Paine the artist who has seen God.” This may possibly have been at a meeting of the Time Club. .

  7. All very enigmatic. I am as intrigued as you are, but cannot add any more to what I have already said. I’ll certainly keep an eye out.

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