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Sunday, March 18, 2012

All the podcast transcripts of 2011, total 24 of them, are available now here:

I hope they will be useful as some supplementary reading and listening materials.

Friday, March 02, 2012

How do you know you are not in a dream?

Maybe we don't really know, unless we happen to wake up from it. In the movie Inception, it is nothing but dreaming and waking up, to the extent that a person is never sure whether he is awake or in a dream. There are many people believed that we just fall asleep in our clothes. Especially when we are preoccupied, the same thing will hunt us in life and in dream.

There is a close relationship between life and dream. That is the reason why so many literary works are about life is nothing but a dream, and at a certain time, the poet woke up and uttered, e.g. 苏轼:“人生如梦!”

The similarities between life and dream provoked people to believe that things you learned during sleeping will have real effect when you wake up. If it is really true, all the people will be able to speak fluent Chinese as long as they listen to it when sleeping.