Every Thursday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Then Young Post readers can choose to eliminate one until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a Fujifilm Instax mini 25 instant camera and two packs of Fujifilm instant film worth HK$1,750.
This round we asked: Who is your dream dinner guest?
Thomas Lee Ka-chun, 16, Sing Yin Secondary School
That would be Mou Zongsan. He was the most influential philosopher of New Confucianism. He sought to adapt the ideas of Confucianism to the modern world. He would definitely make for a great dinner guest!
The roots of Confucianism go back to ancient times, all the way to the Spring and Autumn Period. It's an ideology that has stood the test of time.
Over dinner Mou could tell me about different aspects of his philosophy. One idea that particularly interests me is Confucius' preference for morality over justice. How would we make that work in the modern world? Gotta ask Mr Mou!
We would have dinner in a Chinese restaurant. The more tranquil the restaurant, the better it would be for a sincere conversation.
What food should I serve? This is a tough question. To play it safe, I'd just order a normal set of Chinese food. Plus, I don't think Mr Mou, as a Confucian philosopher, would like to dine in an elegant restaurant. He would think it was such a minor thing that wouldn't be worth any attention.
Inevitably during dinner, I would have to speak in my poor Putonghua and Mr Mou would probably speak in his Shandong dialect. That could make things awkward.
Still, we would have a knowledgeable exchange. I would learn how to adapt the teachings of Confucianism to daily life in this hectic world.
It would be a truly inspiring dinner, and the memory would last a lifetime.
Nicholas Chu Weng-lam, 16, Sing Yin Secondary School
Rattle, rattle, rattle. A strange sound is coming from my study. OMG, my desk drawer is making an endless creepy noise!
All of a sudden, it opens itself and a man pops out. Ouch, he lands headfirst!
But Fujiko Fujio has finally made it here using a time machine.
Who is he? Correct, he is my special dinner guest tonight. To the uninitiated, he's the creator of Doraemon, a famous Japanese comic book character.
Doraemon is a robotic cat that comes from the 22nd century. He has a pocket on his body from which he can acquire various futuristic tools and playthings. Whenever the boy Nobi is in trouble, Doraemon uses one of his fanciful gadgets to help him.
Not only is this story original, it is also innovative. It is always impressive how in each chapter of the story, Fujio creates something new for Doraemon. His newly introduced gadgets are never disappointing.
The whole series is full of surprises that stir the imagination. The Time Cloth repairs everything and the Copying Toast helps you get good results in exams. Simply amazing!
Where did Fujio's inspirations come from? How did he come up with all those gadgets? How did he turn his ideas into reality? I am just curious to know all the answers. He'd tell me over dinner.
Now the dinner begins. I will not prepare the meal; I do not cook at all. A dining table and two chairs - that's more than enough. How about the food? Don't worry. Just tell the Table Cloth what you want. Your favourite dish will appear on request, using the master's Gourmet Table Cloth.
If we want to enjoy a scenic view of the city during dinner, we can go to the roof of a random skyscraper thanks to the Anywhere Door. What's more, we can travel across time using the Time Machine!
Then what's for dessert? Some dainty red bean pancakes, of course.