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pp. 1-3

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pp. 4-4

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Introduction

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pp. 1-7

The following chapters explore language, creativity, the brain, technology transfer, Chinese writing, and the processes that link these elements together. A personal anecdote will help bring the relationship into ...

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1. Japan's Creative Imitations

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pp. 8-33

This is a book about language, especially written language. I shall argue that the mechanism used to write a language significantly affects one's ability to engage in creative thinking. In other words, there is a direct, causal link between the writing system people use ...

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2. Sources of Chinese Innovation

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pp. 34-60

One of the benefits of getting older is the perspective it gives you on things. When growing up in the 1950s, I was told that China is a "sleeping giant," temporarily down on its luck, but bound to recover its former glory and rightful place at the center of the ...

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3. Korean Technology Transfer

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pp. 61-87

Compared to those of China and Japan, very little has been published on South Korea's efforts to transfer foreign technology. Recognizing this, I began several years ago a systematic review of Korean newspapers, magazines, journals, government press releases, and Internet postings ...

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4. Asia's Creativity Problem

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pp. 88-112

The first part of this book was meant to drive home a truth which Asian policy makers appreciate but which escapes many Westerners, namely, that East Asia's modernization has depended almost entirely on innovations brought in from the West. This fact is apparent ...

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5. The Anatomy of Creativity

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pp. 113-138

It is time to sum up what has been noted about innovation in East Asia and move to more technical areas that will provide the tools needed to explain these observations. In the previous chapters I documented the present dependency ofJapan, China, and South Korea on Western ideas ...

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6. Creativity and the Alphabet

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pp. 139-167

In the preceding chapter I remarked on psychologists' belief that language acts as a barrier to creativity. Creative thinking requires that the thinker retreat from symbolic thought to a more basic mode of cognition that is more nearly visual than verbal. Symbolic thought by its nature ...

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7. Asia's Orthographic Tradition

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pp. 168-193

Understanding the issues raised in this book presents two types of linguistic challenges. On the one hand, many of us steeped in the conventions of alphabetic writing tend to overlook the impact the alphabet has had on Western culture. Literate Westerners especially, who ...

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8. The Concrete Nature of Asian Writing

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pp. 194-218

East Asian orthography is enormously complex. As noted in the previous chapter, the number of units that make up the inventory of Chinese symbols and the complexity of their design is mind-boggling. Literacy in Chinese means being able to read and write-as a base line-some 4,000 ...

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9. The Impact of Language on Creativity

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pp. 219-243

In previous chapters we saw how alphabetic writing facilitates creativity by modeling its essential processes. Problems that resist solution in terms of existing paradigms are reduced to their basic components through analytical skills developed in the course of becoming ...

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10. Chinese Characters and Creativity

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pp. 244-262

The negative impact of character-based writing on creativity stems largely from its failure to facilitate related cognitive processes. When people in alphabetic cultures begin to read they are faced with two new conceptual tasks. On the one hand, they must learn to distinguish abstract ...

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11. Creativity and East Asian Society

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pp. 263-283

We saw how East Asian writing hinders scientific creativity through its effects on thought processes. The concrete syllabic writing systems used in China, Japan, and to a great extent in Korea do not provide a model for analysis. Phonology is assimilated in East Asia, as in oral societies ...

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12. Conclusion

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pp. 284-294

This study began by noting that the East Asian countries, the "Chinese character nations" (kanji minzoku) of China,]apan, and Korea, suffer a creativity deficit, evidenced by an insatiable quest for Western wellspring technology. This inability to make radical breaks with the past ...

Notes

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pp. 295-321

Bibliography

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pp. 323-336

Index

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pp. 337-345

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 347-348

I am amused that this book on creativity fulfills Koestler's (1964) definition of creativity by "bisociating" two separate fields of inquiry: the so-called gray aspects of technology transfer and the psycholinguistics ...