to Diogenes Research.
Diogenes was a 4th century BCE Greek philosopher who was a
founding member of the Cynic school of thoughts. A cynic was
a virtuous person who strove to live a life in harmony with
nature; in other words, a life of truth. Today, unfortunately,
a cynic is a person who spoils a good thing by interjecting
irritating talks. As it is, truth is often piquing.
Although technically history deals with the past, in fact
it often has little to do with what actually happened, nor
has that been an issue. The word ‘truth’ seldom
appears in history writings. Here the word ‘truth,’
of course, is used in the sense of facts, and history often
does not really deal with facts. History appears to have little
need for facts perhaps because it is not an almanac. Sometimes
history has been proven to be non-factual and the non-factual
history continues to carry on unimpeded like a juggernaut.
History serves a different purpose: it fills the cultural
and political needs of the soul of a people. Scholars agree
that the story of young George Washington cutting down a cherry
tree was likely invented, but that hardly stops the story
from being repeatedly told. The story enjoys a long tenure,
and it serves a purpose.
However, there are those who care very much for facts; they
have just as strong a need to know the facts as historians
do legacies. Ironically these fact-lovers are known as cynics.
Yet they continue to seek the truth as Diogenes did.
This website is dedicated to the seeking of truth in history,
and at this time features three major works of Professor Chao
C. Chien, a champion for factual history. A scientist and
engineer by training, he demands that history be in accord
with evidence and its proper analysis and interpretation.
His first major work is on the historicity of the lore of
the Age of Discovery. The findings are presented in the book
The Chinese Origin of the Age of Discovery, ISBN:
978-1621416937. By reviewing and analyzing large numbers of
period documents and world maps from both European and Chinese
archives Professor Chien is able to arrive at the indisputable
conclusion that Age of Discovery European explorers went to
sea with maps of the world in hand, and that those maps came
from China. This world knowledge was disseminated as a result
of the Chinese going to sea in a big way during the early
years of the 15th century.
is a rare occasion that a major history is proven wrong, and
that is what has happened. Scholars are stunned into silence.
a follow-up work, which report is published in the book The
Hunt for the Dragon, ISBN: 978-1626464353, Professor
Chien, based on the findings from the previous project in
conjunction with other relevant annals and literature, is
able to propose a solution to an age-old mystery: What happened
to the Chinese Ming Dynasty emperor after losing a civil war
that took place during the early years of his reign.
third effort, one that also has been a lifelong journey, deals
with the formation of the world’s ancient civilizations.
Who were these ancients; where did they come from? More specifically,
who were the Greeks, the forefathers of Western cultures,
and where did they come from? By examining evidence that has
long been discarded because investigators were unable to decipher
it, or because it proved to be an annoyance to accepted researches,
and by comparing such evidence across cultural lines, Professor
Chien is able to come up with an explanatory theory; a very
interesting theory. This theory and its derivation are now
presented in the book Barbarians in the Gate, ISBN:
Septembee 1, 2016
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