23 Jan 2013 (Wednesday)

Professor Chang Hsin-kang shares insights on “Maps of Civilizations: Yesterday and Tomorrow” at Institute of Creativity distinguished lecture
張信剛教授分享「文明的地圖:歷史與未來」


Professor Chang Hsin-kang shares his insights on human civilizations
張信剛教授分享他對人類文明的高見

The Institute of Creativity invited Professor Chang Hsin-kang, President Emeritus of City University of Hong Kong and Yeh-Lu Xun Chair Professor at Peking University, to share his insights on “Maps of Civilizations: Yesterday and Tomorrow” at a distinguished lecture held on 18 January.

 

An expert in engineering, Professor Chang is also passionate about Chinese culture and human civilisation. He started the lecture with a brief introduction of the human cultural genome. He also pointed out that the Chinese story Yeh-Shen, which is echoed in the stories of faraway lands, might probably be the origin of the Western fairytale Cinderella. This shows that cultural traditions of human societies often borrow from each other despite widely different living conditions and cultural traits. Professor Chang also shared his views on man’s relationship with nature and the interactions among civilisations.

 

To conclude the lecture, Professor Chang mapped out three possible routes for the civilisations of tomorrow. Firstly, human beings must learn to be humble and respect the power of nature, considering that the power of nature has exceeded the power of man. Secondly, people should respect each other, accept the existence of cultural diversity and be tolerant of difference. Finally, we should abolish the zero-sum game concept and try to keep the oceans tranquil and the sky blue for future generations.

 

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創意研究院於上周五(一月十八日)邀請香港城市大學榮休校長及北京大學葉氏魯迅講座教授張信剛教授出席公開講座,以「文明的地圖:歷史與未來」為題作演說。

 

張教授本身是理工科專家,但他熱愛中華文化及人類文明。講座中,張教授先概述「人類文化基因圖譜」的理念。他亦提到中國小說中「葉限」的故事流傳到遙遠的國度,並可能是西方童話「灰姑娘」的起源,說明儘管各種文化傳統特性千差萬別,文化間的相互借鑒卻很常見。張教授繼而分享了他對「人與自然」的關係,以及人類之間文明的交往之見。

 

總結分享時,張教授提出三項有助建構未來的文明地圖的建議。首先,人類必須學會謙卑地順應自然,因為自然的力量大於人類的力量。第二,人類需尊重他人,了解文化的多樣性,包容差異。最後,我們必須摒棄「零和遊戲」論,並應努力為下一代保住綠水藍天。

 

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