•A series of something
•1/3 of life sleeping,
6 yrs dreaming
How do we
understand a dream
•People’s beliefs: in cultures
•Scientist’s beliefs: a window
into a desire or it is nothing.
•Technology use: get into it!
• Inside your dreams
• HAVE you watched the new
Hollywood movie, Inception? （盗梦空
）间 It tells an amazing story about
people’s dreams: People can walk
into other’s dreams and steal their
secrets. What is a dream ？ What do
dreams tell us? Fellows Teens as we
look for the answers.
You fight scary monsters; you live in a
house made of chocolate; you don’t have to
go to school anymore. How could all of
these impossible things happen? --- in my
A dream is a series of pictures, ideas and
emotions playing in the mind during sleep.
Humans spend one third of life sleeping and
six years dreaming. A person usually has
three to five dreams a night, although one
may not remember his or her dreams.
Many dreams, at least the ones we
remember, are strange and interesting.
That’s why most people believe that dreams
must have some deep meaning or important
message. However, people in different
cultures have different understandings of the
For example, when dreaming of fire, Chinese
people think of money. The Japanese would
say it’s “trouble”. For people in the West, a
dream of fire means something new is
Scientists have very different opinions
about the deep meaning of dreams.
Some believe that a dream is only a
normal process of sleep and doesn’t tell
us anything. Other scientists think that a
dream is a direct message from one’s
mind. Dreams are like a window into
one’s desires ( 愿望 ) and fears. For
example, if you’re very nervous about an
exam, you may have nightmares ( 噩梦 )
of monsters running after you.
Technology also helps us to know
more about dreams. In the film
Inception, people enter others’ minds
while they are dreaming. Well, in real
life we can do that, too. Scientists can
now read people’s dreams by scanning
( 描扫 ) their brain ( 大脑 ) activity
during sleep. Would you let scientists
look into your dreams?