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Monday, May 14, 2007

Ancient Chinese Inventions!

A lot of modern Westerners believe Asians can only imitate, and not innovate.

Well, the exact opposite is actually true. Fact is, whatever the West did, the Chinese typically did first much earlier. And most often Western inventions were in fact derived from Chinese precedents. This includes everything from catsup to esoteric secrets just being transmitted to the West today.

We just weren't credited by European historians. Call it the "Columbus Syndrome."

Anyhow, the overall list is far too comprehensive to list here, but here's a great little 6-part video series on some of the more well-known technology:

Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 1
Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 2
Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 3
Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 4
Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 5
Ancient Chinese Inventions Part 6

Sit back and enjoy, folks!

<3
Rebecca

2 Comments:

At Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at 3:47:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

China makes lots of claims to lots of inventions, many of which were based on earlier innovations from the ancient middle eastern civilizations (timer construction, water resource management, the concept of "qi", written law, cement, accounting, money, etc).

China had its fair share of inventions, but to claim so many inventions is ridiculous propaganda, just like "Beijing Man".

nanheyangrouchuan

 
At Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3:23:00 PM PDT, Anonymous humph said...

Actually, Chinese are great at invention..
But unfortunately, Jews (like Harrison Ford) are better at stealing credit!


Dr. Robert Stonehill doesn’t exist in real life. The Pompe cure was developed by Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen and his colleagues while he was at Duke University. [...] Harrison Ford, as this film’s executive producer, perhaps saw Stonehill as a plum role for himself; a rewrite was necessary because [Ford] couldn’t very well play Dr. Chen. The real Chen, a Taiwan University graduate, worked his way up at Duke from a residency to professor and chief of medical genetics at the Duke University Medical Center. [Chen] has been mentioned as a Nobel candidate.

 

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