Issue 2 of CUriosity brings you a delectable feast serving of articles to feast on.
SOCIETY section: you will explore the implications of artificial intelligence, the ethics of gene editing and the devastation - and hope, that emerges from the darkness of domestic abuse.
SPOTLIGHT section: you will discover the value of self-love, the courage of sticking with a dream - and pushing it through to reality. You will also find yourself contemplating the meaning of love in the context of modern life amidst a group of drunken half-naked men at a very famous drinking party.
FEATURED section: In his essay, Why I Write, George Orwell sets out four motives that drive him commit to pen to paper. One of them being the "desire to the push the world in a certain direction, to alter other people's idea of the kind of society that they should strive after". And thus is our mission for CUriosity Issue 2. We live in a world that is so interconnected that ignorance is no longer an excuse, and neither is inaction. This is why we chose Inequality as our theme for this issue, a topic that warrants an increasing need to be addressed given the rising gaps in health and wealth both within and between societies.
For many of us, life in Hong Kong is so abundant in commodities, so rapid in pace, and so focused on status and self-image that it may cloud us from recognising the decadence and decay such pursuits sometimes entail. For example, the materialistic satisfaction we feel on a shopping spree is not easily connected to the plight of an impoverished child in a decrepit household devastated by climate change-induced natural disasters, or the massive piles of floating plastic strewn across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Yet this is the type of world we live in today; one in which the consequences of our actions are so downstream the complex chain of cause-and-effect that they are almost negligible.
Our choices and actions, because of its aggregate effect, is perhaps the most meaningful autonomy we have at our disposal to reduce the inequality in our world. How conscious are we of the cumulative outcome of our daily actions manifest in the choices we make that ensure mankind continues to strive for the values of goodness, compassion and equality that distinguishes humans as morally conscious individuals.
Editor in Chief
The CUriosity team extends their sincere appreciation to the General Education Foundation for their full support and funding of our publication. We also wish to thank the following people, who provided valuable feedback that enhanced the content and quality of our writing:
Dr. Klaus Colanero (General Education Foundation)
Dr. Hannah Ho (Department of Social Work)
Mr. Philip Kitchens (Guest Writer for CUriosity Issue 1)
Dr. Tjonnie Li (Department of Physics)
Dr. Wai Yin Ng (Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research)
Dr. Jacky Ngo (School of Life Sciences)
Mr. Mike See (English Language Teaching Unit)
Finally, our warmest gratitude to Dr. Isabel Hwang (Faculty of Medicine), our supervisor, whose insightful and candid comments both encouraged and challenged us to think, to write, and to think like a writer.