Thursday, 4 June 2015

Genius of China

Subtitle:
3000 Years of Science, Discovery & Invention
Year:
2014
Country:
English language…
Predominant Genre:
Non-fiction
Author:
Robert TEMPLE…
Outstanding Performance:
None
Premiss:
3,000 years of Chinese science, discovery & invention.
Theme:
Christianity
Compassion
Destiny
Emotional repression
Empathy
Friendship
Humanity
Identity
Narcissism
Personal change
Political Correctness
Science
Self-expression
Social class
Solipsism
Stereotyping
White culture
White supremacy
Similar (in Plot, Theme or Style) to:
Unknown
Review Format:
Book

They’re damn clever these Chinese!

Fascinating book that proves history to be cyclic rather than cumulative in that so much of modern science and technology are little more than reinvented and rediscovered advances.

What dazzles most here is the fact that culture, religion and economics have profound influences on science, so much so that despite the Chinese being two millennia ahead of the West in terms of technology, China eventually lagged behind when those same forces came to bear. Such a self-sufficient and philosophically-introspective empire inevitably turned in on itself only to recently reawaken to beat the world economically in a way that it could so easily have done at least 500 years ago.

Where this book fails is in avoiding giving the appearance of being excited propaganda for the current Chinese government - despite its correctly noting the long-term backwardness of European culture. A healthy antidote to Eurocentric chauvinism and yet another reason not to trust White history books.


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