Philosophy of Mind

Divining his reality by re-dreaming the world

Tell us about your latest book of essays, A Time for New Dreams.

Sunday, 4 March, 2012, 12:00am

Cupid science unlocks link between heart and mind

When patients are rushed to hospital for chest pain, it is more often than not a case of fat blocking the arteries - a problem fixed by surgery.

But in some rare cases, a patient may be suffering from a condition whose name is more likely to be found in a love song than on a doctor's clipboard: broken heart syndrome (BHS).

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The User's Guide to the Human Mind

The User's Guide to the Human Mind by Shawn Smith New Harbinger Publications

Do you suffer from anxiety? If so, don't worry because everyone else is a bag of nerves too, says Colorado psychologist Shawn Smith.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Against the idea of love at first sight

There are many reasons why we may fall in love with someone. Some people fall in love at first sight. Others develop a loving relationship with someone they have known for a long time. I believe many women think they instinctively know when they meet Mr Right.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Of Other Space

Arthur Chan's installations and sculptures (including About Improvisation 4, left) present a new perception on space via deconstructed cityscape architecture. Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm, YY9 Gallery, G/F, 83-85 Sing Woo Rd, Happy Valley. Ends Oct 7

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio Pantheon, HK$232

Recent advances in science have expanded the discipline into areas once reserved for philosophy. Evolutionary psychology and neuroscience show that much of what we put down to 'mind' can be attributed to chemical and physical functions of the brain.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Burns victim recognised as outstanding citizen

A 25-year-old who suffered severe burns to 60 per cent of his skin is one of the recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons awards this year.

Stanley Cheung Yun-hang was 12 when he was caught in the Pat Sin Leng hill fire in 1996, which killed five people. He lost all the fingers on his right hand and his vision and hearing on his right side were damaged.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Conference promotes spiritual awareness to boost well-being

Teachers have to boost the spiritual education of students to strengthen their emotional well-being, a conference attended by overseas leading philosophers and experts on spiritual education was told this week.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Thought process

Talk based on radical book about leadership principles

The reference book for John Cleese's 'Creativity in Leadership' seminar in Hong Kong next week is Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less by Guy Claxton, an Oxford University-educated psychologist.

29 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Cultural awareness stressed for teachers

An academic has urged English teachers to pay more attention to the cultural aspects of language learning after showing how a person's language influences their perception of the world.

The University of Hong Kong's linguistic department studied brain patterns and found a link between language and colour perception.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Memories are not always made of this

It's curious how the phrase 'collective memory' has taken on a busy life of its own, and is inevitably invoked by activists when they oppose a public or government redevelopment plan. There are now calls to preserve the graffiti of the late 'King of Kowloon', Tsang Tsou-choi, because they are supposedly a part of our collective memory.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Should collective memory be considered an artefact that needs to be preserved?

Phoenix Lee Ching-kwan, 18

Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Collective memory is not same as historical heritage. Destroying buildings or settlements with historical and architectural value just for economic gain is unacceptable. But it's hard to defend protecting collective memory.

23 May 2007 - 12:00am

Experts seek definition of collective memory

A better consultation system was needed to determine what the public considered 'collective memory' involving heritage buildings to mean, conservationists said yesterday.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

What price heritage?

The Star Ferry clock tower in Central has been there since I was a child, so I can vaguely appreciate some of the sentiments of those who protested against its demolition.

In Hong Kong, anybody who has any strong feelings about anything under the sun is entitled to express his or her dissent - in whatever way - as long as it is within the law.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Speak your mind

Welcome to Speak Your Mind, our new podcast forum on issues of the day. Simply call our voicemail line on 8175 0270 and leave your comments. We're starting with an issue on everyone's mind: What do you think of the government plans for Tamar? Call us by tomorrow, and hear the show on Thursday at

12 Jun 2006 - 12:00am