A Yijing Story

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For visitors who don’t follow my Wayward Philosophy blog, I’ve just posted the text of my paper (and story!) from the World Yijing Summit Forum last month, accompanied by Chinese translation. There’s a bit of context, followed by a story about the great culture hero Fu Xi伏羲. The story comes from my book Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, and the translation into …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces in the Asian Review of Books

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Jonathan Chatwin has written a very nice piece in the Asian Review of Books about my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces. We met up the other week down in Birmingham, and spent an enjoyable Saturday morning talking about writing, China and other matters. Here’s an extract from Jonathan’s write-up: The tales of Sixty Four Chance Pieces wear the scholarly and creative struggles of their creator lightly. …

Sixty-Four Chance Pieces: Machines, Mathematics, Organs and Pandas

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I’ve just about finished the proofs for Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, my I Ching-based novel-of-sorts, ready to send off to Earnshaw Books. All being well, I’ll be launching the book in a few weeks at the Beijing Bookworm book festival. But just to whet the appetite, here’s an extract from the book’s index. All novels, I feel, should be equipped with …

A. C. Graham on the Uses of Divination

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I thought that this was worth sharing. It comes from A.C. Graham’s [amazon text=Disputers of the Tao&asin=0812690885], and is about the creative potential of divination techniques such as the Yijing, even if we accept (as I do) that the divinatory process is simply an exercise in playing with randomness.   An openness to chance influences loosing thought from preconceptions is indispensable to …