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Yin and Yang

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A meme from Old Earth Chinese culture, variously replicated and interpreted in the Terragen Sphere in the time since. In Taoist, Confucian, Neotaoist, Nuage, Cosmopagan, and many other philosophies, yin and yang refer to the two inseparable polar opposites or complementaries, the interaction between which determines phenomenal reality. They are not typically regarded as the same as good and evil but rather define abstract qualities, as shown in the following table. The precise nature of yin and yang differs according to the philosophy or memeticity that is explaining it.

Yin Yang
'shady side of mountain'
'sunlit side of mountain'
broken line
____ ____
 
unbroken line
_________
 
earth
heaven
dark
light
yielding
hard
electron cloud
atomic nucleus
feminine
masculine
warm
cold
square
round

 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 15 December 2001.

 
 
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