Re: Chinese romance pornographic?

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Apr 01 2001 - 12:48:31 MDT

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> Not really. Since sometime after 1000 BCE written Chinese has been mainly
> *ideographic*, retaining remnants of its pictographic orgins only in the
> simplest words (such as *ren* or "man", *shan* or "mountain", etc.). Modern
> written Chinese is a complex blend of ideographic and phonetic elements,
> further confusing things.

Thanks for explaining that so clearly and succinctly, Greg.
Nice that someone actually knows about this subject.

> That may be a stretch, but when we consider what the Taliban think of as
> "pornographic", who knows?

Yes, the Taliban would probably consider most "romance novels" as pornography
(as do many Western moralists).

One last question:
Do you think the ideographic language of China has held them back from
scientific exploration, since phonetic language can more easily coin new terms
for discovered phenomena?

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing

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