In this book, first published in 1990, Edgard Sienaert and Richard Whitaker offer the first English translation of Marcel Jousse’s crucially important work, Le style oral. As the translators observe, this study fired the imagination of contemporary intellectuals in Paris soon after its publication and influenced the work of many. In this book, Jousse provides a thorough and detailed theoretical account of the compositional style of oral, as opposed to literate, authors, showing that the antithetical, balancing, formulaic quality of that style is deeply rooted in the psychological and even physiological nature of mankind.
The world has entered a new era that humans have never experienced before. Scholars predict that different cultures will replace nations to compete with each other to find a better way of life for humans. The modern world with a powerless United Nations as a platform for countries to work out their difference at various levels in pretty much like the ancient Chinese super state of primary societies from 2200 BC to 476 BC when Taoist lifestyle was popular. If all human societies are divided into the genetically coded primary society and the man-made secondary society, Western civilization started with secondary societies while Chinese civilization started with primary societies. Taoist philosophy summarizes the lifestyle in the ancient primary society. Taoism emphasizes the value of naturalness and simplicity, which is well complimentary to the modern philosophy of materialism. This book contains 14 essays: The first one presents an outline and the remaining ones explore various aspects of Taoist philosophy in modern terms. The author has made every effort to accommodate both academic and general readers. There are four academic essays that all start with a summary, which allows general readers to know the main content if they decide to skip over the main part of the essay. The remaining essays provide a much lighter reading from the author's own experience to the lives his mother and grandmother had lived. ********************* Book Review By Kevin Brown FROM SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW Amazon Star Rating: 5 out of 5, ????? Has the world shrunk? Airlines can get us to places quicker than a dog can get fleas. Phones and computers make connecting to our neighbors faster and more reliable. Even with advancements like this, society and culture, as shared ideals, lag behind. Even moving to a new state in this country has certain social aspects that take time to learn. This book, The Ancient Chinese Super State of Primary Societies, is a deep personal discussion about the ramifications of Old World philosophy and New World modernism. The book is composed of 14 different essays, all centering on the topic of Chinese and European societies. The point, I feel, is not only to help people understand and respect Chinese philosophies more, but to explain why these concepts are still valid in our modern world. The book mainly consists of a compare and contrast of opinions that help prove You-Sheng Li's theses. One part talks about how the Chinese were more of a land-based people and Europeans were more oceanic; therefore Europeans were the explorers. There are interesting little nuggets inside each essay and it’s a treat to read them all. Each essay is incredibly well cited, with notes and references listed at the end. It is always wonderful to see where a book gets its ideas. You-Sheng Li displays that he is one of the most certifiable person to write on this subject. With the writing style as direct as a surgeon, he is able to craft an engaging and thoughtful experience. The short essay also gives the book a quick and fun pace to the read. Each essay many be different, but each is as enjoyable as the next. With a wealth of information, this is one of the must-read books on this topic. ********************* Contents Preface and Key Terms Including a List of Chinese Dynasties 1**(page 1, the same below) 1. Taoist Philosophy for the 21st Century 6 2. Life, Culture, and Religion 43 3. Evidence that Chinese People Lived Essentially in Primary Society Until the Warring States Period (476-221 BC) 58 4. Th e Vulnerability of Primary Society in Front of Secondary Society 98 5. Julian Jaynes’ Th eory of the Bicameral Mind and Diff erent Pathways Leading to Subjective Consciousness in Human History 113 6. Serenity: Th e Lives my Mother and Grandmother Lived 164 7. A Comparison of Confucius with Socrates 180 8. Th e Cave Men 197 9. Th e Five Zone Territory and Early literature: Chinese vs. West 208 10. Writing Invented for Diff erent Purposes 236 11. Where is God? 244 12. Confucius and Jesus: Humanism Took Diff erent Pathways in Chinese and Western History 251 Appendix 1. Th e Movie Hero and Chinese Taoist Philosophy 279 Appendix 2. Taoism and Mao Zedong 293
The Power of Chi for Self-Defense and Energy Healing
Author: Paul Dong
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
Category: Health & Fitness
Ling Kong Jing, the "Empty Force," is the highest martial arts skill in China. This extraordinary technique harnesses the power of chi, the body's vital energy, enabling masters of the art to defend themselves against opponents without making physical contact. The book takes readers step by step from theory to the actual practice used to generate Empty Force, and shows how to use its remarkable power for healing as well as self-defense.
A guide on how to create window treatments that work with a personal lifestyle discusses such topics as texture, privacy, light control, air flow, and traffic patterns, offering specific advice on designing for a particular dTcor and creating illusions. Original. 45,000 first printing.