Place where I call home, in the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

Judicial Independence and Separation of Powers in Hong Kong

A mentor once told me that philosophy is to be lived, and that philosophical questions are questions about the way one lives, instead of the academic pursuits that some believe, for otherwise they are nothing more than intellectual games. This view is in line with the thought and writing of Aristotle, one of the most…

Winged Victory of Samothrace at the Louvre in Paris, France.

Human Soul as a Chariot

One theme that has been recurring throughout the human history, and is often the root of meaningless arguments and conflicts that at times result in unnecessary suffering, is the notion of false dichotomy. Be it in the disguise of art versus science in human knowledge or of liberal versus conservative in political ideologies, either the…

A majestic beauty in the Dunedin Botanic Garden, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Humanism and Karl Marx

Most read of the thoughts and writings of Karl Marx, one of the most influential revolutionaries in the 19th-century, whose magnum opus, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto forever changed the world for better or worse since their emergence, as a disputed economic project and a failed revolutionary enterprise. Little do people realise that Marx…

The Roman Bath in Bath, England.

Freedom and Meaning in an Age of Godlessness

Hardly is there any surprise that there is a sequel to The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, considering its close-to-life writing style that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, and its personal sharing and remarks that evidently touch many most at heart, for otherwise it would not make a New York Times…

Sunset on the Arno river in Florence, Italia.

Momentary Dust in a Vast Multiverse

A mentor and a friend once gifted me a book which is of a kind of self-help genre that I would not usually invest money or time in. It is titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, written by an American blogger, Mark Manson. While it did not add much to what a…

A courtyard concert in Milan.

Innovation and Disruptiveness

Among the jargons that have been thrown around the most in the tech industry counts disruptive innovation. It was coined by the Harvard professor and businessman Clayton Christensen in his book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, published more than 20 years ago in 1997. Despite its popularity and that some even have gone as far as to say it…

Admiring the magnificent Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Dis-disinformation Campaigns

You know how people say that a smart person learns from his own mistakes but a genius learns from those of others, the French have just demonstrated this in their latest election. In a report named Successfully Countering Russian Electoral Interference by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), steps and lessons are outlined…

Espresso for a relaxing afternoon in Rome, Italia.

Artificial Intelligence and Responsibility

Not to be mistaken for the name of the latest gadget, Google Shoots is the name of a video featuring Google Assistant being commanded to fire a handgun at an object of innocence. The choice of the virtual assistant device was arbitrary. It could well have been Amazon Echo or any others that accept voice…

Hello Hairy Coo in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the Users

Of the latest trouble in tech is information privacy, which can be breached by means of a malware outbreak or by intent of often a commercial nature. Severe damage can be infected by either type of data breach, yet more devastating is often the later form, for it often comprises a breach in the trust of the users involved. The…

Contemplating with the Greek philosophers in Rome, Italia.

Greek and Democracy

Democracy (dēmokratía i.e. rule by the people) first emerged in the city-state (polis) of Athens in Ancient Greece, and has been endorsed, notwithstanding the rise and fall of various political ideals in the time between, as the system of governance par excellence in the modern era. Crucial to democracy is universal suffrage, which ensures everyone…

View of Geneva from Mont Salève, France.

Meltdown, Spectre and the Security Tradeoff

There is hardly a day goes by without news on cybersecurity flaws or malware outbreak. None so far, however, is quite like Meltdown and Spectre. First discovered by Project Zero at Google, they were reported to the affected hardware chip developers in as early back as in June, 2017. Both of them essentially take advantage of…

The Euro Sign at the Eurotower, Seat of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

Karl Marx and Class Struggles

‘The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles’ is what Karl Marx, one of the most influential revolutionaries and a lesser-known philosopher, believed to be the core of the problem with capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, and is how he started the dialogue in The Communist Manifesto, as a call to…