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What was that? Nothing? by hhemken
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Looks good! I especially like her expression, which neatly sums up the mood of the whole scene. Another virtue is the use of depth of f...

A white horse is not a horse

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 6, 2016, 10:18 AM

A little light entertainment for y'all!  Despite the title, this is gonna be kind of technical.

Gongsun Long, a Chinese philosopher of the third century BC, thought this one up - and, to his own satisfaction, "proved" it.  In the words of a modern commentator, "Gongsun Long has been fantastically successful; his little game has now become world famous as a prime example of philosophical horseplay."

As a linguist, though, (albeit an amateur one) I saw through this right away.  The problem is that Chinese has two kinds of compound words.  One kind consists of "or" compounds: a "father-mother" (parent) is a father OR a mother but not necessarily both.  (In this case, never both.)  The other and more common kind consists of "and" compounds, like "white-horse" - something that is both a white entity AND a horsey entity.  This kind is also common in English: "blackbird", "horseplay", etc.

The ancient Chinese, despite some good linguistic insights, were not linguists in general - not like the ancient Indians, who identified the two kinds of compounds (and some other kinds), both common in Sanskrit.  The Chinese did not understand the difference between "or" and "and" compounds.  Though a Chinese lay person would recognize that there was some kind of difference between "white-horse" and "father-mother", they wouldn't be able to say precisely what it was.  Clever Gongsun Long understood the difference (though not in the same way that we do) and pretended that there wasn't any difference.  So if a "father-mother" is not necessarily a mother, then a "white-horse" need not necessarily be a horse. Ow!


On thanking faves: I like to! Even when I run into curmudgeons who actually object to being thanked. :? :X

However, I have the problem of being popular! Well, sort of. Not, thank God, popular enough to make enemies, but popular enough that I can't thank every fave. So as a compromise, I thank everyone who faves and comments, and everyone who faves more than once during the period (typically four or five days) before the next time I go through and delete messages. So if you fave and don't get a thank-you, sorry, I thank you all!
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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Hanuman Chalisa - Indian instrumental
  • Reading: Cambridge History of Ancient China
  • Watching: All those lovely Chronophontians
  • Playing: with the computer, as all too often
  • Eating: pistachios
  • Drinking: Pomegranate green tea


Be my valentine - Sue
Another early Valentine's Day celebration, this time with :iconsuerichardsff:'s Sue.

Sue thumb by Chronophontes  Hi Pandora, Hi Jeannine, Hi Giovanna! :love:

Credits: the Loft Apartment by ???.  Sue is (c) suerichardsff.
Be my valentine - Harriet
Starting our big Valentine's Day celebration with one of those people we haven't seen lately -

Harriet thumb by Chronophontes  - or anywhere near as often as you SHOULD.

:iconanyagladstone:'s Harriet, the hentai catgirl maid! Here offering you something nice.

Harriet thumb by Chronophontes  And something even nicer after that.

This is the first of what promises to be a long series of Valentines.

Credits: the Loft Apartment by ???.  Harriet is (c) AnyaGladstone.
Happy birthday, Maryna!
Is somebody bringing her a cake?

Credits: the Oversea Bungalow by Larsen, from DAZ.  Maryna is adopted from izka-197 - on February 10, 2013, oddly enough...
Another moment together by Chronophontes
Another moment together
Thanks to :iconunseenvision: for the suggestion!   :iconsilver-fox-princess:'s Carina gets a chance to hold :iconunseenvision:'s baby fairy Sophie, while our Elena, who has already had her turn, sits by.

Credits: scene is the Fairytale Cottage by DAZ Originals, with the Regency sofa by DAZ.  Sophie is (c) UnseenVision and Carina is (c) Silver-Fox-Princess.


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Skin of choice: my lady's
Favourite cartoon character: Leela
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shnoogums7090 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tom, it's me, Eric. I've made a new account, because i've lost access to my old account for some reason, so if you wish to follow me to the new account, feel free to do so.
Chronophontes Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Eric!  I will.  Hope you get a response from dA about the old account.
shnoogums7090 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, i'll just go with this new one for now and leave the old one alone for the time being.
fredmai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for the llama, you too! :)
Chronophontes Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
SpaceShipEarth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016

Thank you for the :points:

Chronophontes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
dA-Droid Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
Random Quote of the day:
“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” — Bob Marley
Chronophontes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Happy New Year to you and the whole ladies, Tom! Just before I forget! ;-)

All the best,

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