Friday, February 27, 2015

"Recently, upon discovering that ancient Iranian conceptions and practices concerning the retention of seminal essences were uncannily similar to those in late classical Greece and among early sexual hygienists in China (Daryaee 2000), I brought this information to the attention of several of the most noted authorities on sex in ancient China. Their responses were uniformly dismaying, consisting essentially of the following sentiments: (a) I know next to nothing about Greece; (b) I am ignorant of Iran; (c) I do not care about origins and influences; (d) I care only about my research on certain aspects of early China. It is difficult to imagine that one could be aware of the multiple startling correspondences among Iranian, Greek, and Chinese practitioners of sexual meditation during a comparable time frame and not be at least curious about how this remarkable concatenation of highly specific extraordinary ideas and techniques occurred. Such, however, is indeed the case for the majority of scholars. This is what may be referred to as “blindered scholarship,” a mode of inquiry that one encounters at every turn in academe.

 - Victor H. Mair

in-depth vs correlativity in methodology

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yanantin (Wikipedia) and a nice illustrated article touching the topic (but misspelling the term?)


Enantiosemia is a topic which keeps me fascinated for more than 14 years. I keep storing various references to this issue in different places, and since the topic is so volatile, it gets neither much academic attention nor popular interest. I have a Chinese and Russian language storage for this issue, but neither spare time nor academic discipline to organize it. I would be just glad to find advice concerning it. Anyway, I invite you to enjoy this little philological (and, possibly, behavioral) wonder. Thanks for stepping by. As a starting point: Auto-antonym (Wikipedia)