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~生まれた町で夢見てきた...~
"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
Quote of the Day (I think we're still waiting for Bush's AH-HA! moment... ^^;; ) 
12th-Apr-2006 07:38 am
Winter
There are those who have for centuries been preaching the benefits of not thinking terribly hard, Zen Buddhists and certain U.S. presidents among them. - Bruno Maddox, "What Were We Thinking?", Discover May 2006
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12th-Apr-2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
I like philosophy well enough but sometimes it goes higher and higher and you either hit an invisible ceiling or it starts sounding like a madman's thoughts^^
12th-Apr-2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm a pragmatic. If knowledge cannot be applied/does not have a use, I don't need to know. ^_^;
12th-Apr-2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
I like what-ifs^^ But there comes a limit to what you can imagine. Though my philosophy professor gave me an A- and said she wished she had more students who wanted to discuss like me.

I didn't tell her that I usually went back home to drink tea or coffee after her lectures^_^
12th-Apr-2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't tell her that I usually went back home to drink tea or coffee after her lectures^_^

Err...what's that got to do with anything?
12th-Apr-2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I drank tea because I always had a headache after her class from wracking my brain to keep up with her^_^

The other students in her class were all philosophy majors but it's an elective course if you want to take it instead of Environmental Science. So I wasn't as well-equipped to discuss philosophy in her class as the other students, plus I had asked to take it in English with an English textbook while the rest were taking it in Arabic. Basically I had to be twice as good to make up for her concessions in letting me use an English book and she let me know it by making it a point to ask me a question in every class in case I was slacking.

Long story^^
12th-Apr-2006 02:40 pm (UTC)
I drank tea because I always had a headache after her class from wracking my brain to keep up with her^_^

The only time I ever hit that "intellectual" wall was with Calculus. ^^;;;; But a lot of my classmates in high school dropped out of Theory of Knowledge because they couldn't accept that they didn't actually KNOW that God exists. *sighs* They hit a BIG wall in Philosophy.

So I wasn't as well-equipped to discuss philosophy in her class as the other students, plus I had asked to take it in English with an English textbook while the rest were taking it in Arabic.

Fascinating. So you're stronger in English?
12th-Apr-2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
*grins*
It wasn't God that stumped the guys/girls in my class. It was the nature of Good and Evil which the professor has picked as a topic for that year. I of course, was channeling Seishirou from TB and making very calm and logical refutes while everyone around me thought I was a heartless mass murderer. The joys of making everyone angry^_^

Of the 3 languages I speak, English is the one I'm most comfortable in and strongest. Whic makes that popular question Westerners love to ask me: "What's your native language?" moot^^
12th-Apr-2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
*grins* You should see the look on most Americans' faces when you show them how little moral ground they have to stand on when it comes to the death penalty:

Them: Well, he DESERVES to die!
Me: That's what HE said when he killed the guy in the first place. Why are you right and he wrong? And how are you better than he is if you sentence him to death?

:P

Of the 3 languages I speak, English is the one I'm most comfortable in and strongest.

That seems, on the face of it, counterintuitive. Dammit all that you weren't able to get a college degree in the US...!
12th-Apr-2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
There's something fascinating about Americans and their high moral ground in general^_^

*sighs*
I know, it's the biggest disappointment of my life yet.

You know, people enjoy guessing/asking me about my nationality. The three I get most often are: american on account of my accent and mannerisms, Indian like those from the north who have lighter skin due to facial features/bones, and Chinese due to my maternal grandfather.
12th-Apr-2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should become an American. :P At least in the US, nationality and ethnic background are not as intimately linked as they are in other countries. People may harbor deeply buried prejudices that real Americans are either white or black, but logically they'll accept anyone as an American and potentially Americanized citizen.
12th-Apr-2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Plus english/french/german philosophical terms translate into arabic about as good as japanese anime doing english. Totally incomprehensible^^
12th-Apr-2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
The incompatibility of English and Japanese is highly overrated. :P As long as you remember to translate meaning, not words, it's all fine and good.
12th-Apr-2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's the problem. When translating terms into arabic, they either pick a word that is only part of the meaning of the term which makes it hard for you to guess what it means. Or they write the word into arabic which makes it sound wonderfully exotic and incomprehensible.

The arab world is in serious need of professional translators.
12th-Apr-2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
The arab world is in serious need of professional translators.

Maybe you've found your calling! XD XD XD
12th-Apr-2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
I know I'd make a good translator but I would prefer something less time-consuming and more creative^^
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