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 …

Conference Confessions from Wuxi

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For those of you who want to know what I’ve been up to in Wuxi, China, I’ve written an extended blog post over on my philosophy blog, WaywardPhilosophy.com. Here’s an extract: I try to picture it. I am standing in front of five hundred scholars, Daoist priests, diviners, geomancers, inventors, poets, financial speculators, management theorists etc. On the stage by …

Coffee and Divination

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I’m back in China for a brief visit, to attend the Third World Yijing Summit Forum in the city of Wuxi. It is the second time I have attended the forum. The last one was a curious affair, a melange of scholars, geomancers, diviners, financial speculators, religious practitioners and (for some reason) flamenco singers and dancers. This time, I’m hoping …

Chance Pieces on Creative Transformations Asia Blog

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A few weeks back Michael Keane, who is a Professor of Chinese Media at Curtin University and who runs the Digital China Lab, wrote a very generous review of my Sixty-Four Chance Pieces over on the Creative Transformations Asia blog. Here’s an extract. There is so much in the book to savour if you like a taste of magic realism …

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 …

A Book of Changes

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I’m very pleased to be able to announce that I’ve just signed the contract on my novel-of-sorts, “A Book of Changes: Sixty-four Chance Pieces” with the excellent Earnshaw Books, purveyors of all good things China-related. The book should be out some time in the first quarter of next year, and will be available in the UK, USA and East Asia. …

A Note on Bread and Books

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Over the last few days, I’ve been up to my ears in edits of my I Ching book project, this curious novel-of-sorts that has been preoccupying me for seven or eight years now. I’m hoping to get the final manuscript sent off by Christmas, so the next few days will be busy. In between long stints editing, I’ve also been baking …