What does "to conjure out of the void" mean ?

For centuries, scientists scrutinized minute aspects of human activity, but showed little interest in the time that people spent in sleep. Sleep seemed inaccessible to medical probing and was perceived as an unvarying period of inactivity — a subject best suited to poets and dream interpreters who could conjure meaning out of the void.


A "conjurer" is something akin to a wizzard or magician. He conjures things, makes things appear.

"Meaning" is significance, the idea of something.

"The void" is the big nothing, a completely empty space. Can be a philosophical concept, with a magician its more like "out of thin air".

If you conjure meaning out of the void, you make up some kind of significant something out of nothing.


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