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Big History and Collective Learning

Co-organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, and

Division of Environment, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Supported by CityU Apps Lab, City University of Hong Kong

Introduction

Big History, a new perspec/files/students/student/programmes/big-history-and-collective-learning/Big%20History%20Poster_no%20organziers.jpgtive originally introduced by Prof. David Christian, tries to provide an evidence-based scientific narrative of the evolutionary changes from the Big Bang to the present status of human society.

[ See for example:

https://www.ted.com/talks/david_christian_big_history

and https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive ]

It suggests that there may be a unifying scheme behind answers to some fundamental questions like Where do we come from? How does life evolve on earth? Are we, homo sapiens, just one of the many species that have existed on earth, or are we special? What is the most significant difference between us and other species? Dinosaurs dominated the world for over 135 million years – why didn’t they evolve to have cell phones or all the technologies we have developed in merely few hundred thousand years of our presence? Are capitalism and globalization unavoidable consequences of human evolution? Is there an underlying theme in the evolution from the Big Bang to the development of modern human / nation-based world?

Let’s imagine there is such a theme, can we use it to predict our future? Are we going to develop into an AI-robot-human mixed society as predicted in many science-fiction movies; or are we doomed to self-destruct? How sustainable is the present course of human development?

Let’s imagine there is such a theme, where does it come from? Is there a scientific principle behind it? How universal is the scheme itself? Can the scheme be changed? Or, Are the laws of nature changeable?

[See for example http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3410/03-ever-nf.html ]

These are the questions we want to address in this lecture series, using examples and up-to-date scientific knowledge. We will not be able to provide a definite answer to most questions raised in the lectures. However the questions arising in this series will be worth exploring – we wish some of them may change your future.

Opening Talks

These two opening talks delivered by Prof. Alexis Lau and Prof. T.K. Ng introduce the idea of 'Big History' and how the laws governing the evolution of the universe to human society may be evolved. 

Title ( Course Code) Date and Time Target Participant Venue Application Application Deadline

Big History: A Scientific Narrative of Changes from the Big Bang to Modern Society (IE)

4 Feb 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

All secondary school students in Hong Kong

Wong To Yick Tong Lecture Theatre, Academic 1City University of Hong Kong (AC1, LT-17)

Information

Online Application

Online Application (non member)

Application Withdrawal Form

31 Jan 2017 (Tue)

(Updated)

The Emerging Universe, Life and Human Society (IE/02)

11 Feb 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Information

Online Application

Online Application (non member)

Application Withdrawal Form

6 Feb 2017 (Mon)

(Updated)

Parents are also welcome. Parents do not need to apply online. Walk-in registration will be done at the registration counter on the date of the event.

Public Lectures

These eight public lectures delivered by faculties from different universities address several important stages in the course of human development.

The speakers from various faculties and universities include (in alphabetic order):

  • Prof. CHOW King Lau, Division of Life Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • Dr. CHOW Lap Kei David, Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • Dr. KU Kei Tat Fred, Business School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
  • Prof. LAU Kai Hon Alexis, Division of Environment, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • Prof. LEE Wai Yee Lily, The School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn, USA)
  • Prof. LUI Tai Lok, The Academy of Hong Kong Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
  • Prof. NG Tai Kai, The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE)
  • Prof. WONG Kwok Yee Michael, Division of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
Title (Course Code) Date and Time Target Participant Venue Application Application Deadline
Evolution of the Universe and Solar System (MULS0021)

25 Feb 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

All secondary school students in Hong Kong

Lecture Theatre 3610, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Buliding, City University of Hong Kong (AC2, 3610)

Information

Online Application

Online Application (non member)

Application Withdrawal Form

13 Feb 2017 (Mon)
Evolution of Life on Earth (MULS0022)

4 Mar 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Application will open soon
Homo Sapiens and Intelligence (MULS0023)

8 Apr 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Information

Online Application

Online Application (non member)

Application Withdrawal Form

27 Mar 2017 (Mon)
Human Culture I: Agriculture, City and State (MULS0024)

15 Apr 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Application will open soon
Human Culture II: Science and a rational world (MULS0025)

22 Apr 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Information

Online Application

Online Application (non member)

Application Withdrawal Form

10 Apr 2017 (Mon)
Human Culture III: Industrial Revolution and Capitalism (MULS0026)

29 Apr 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Application will open soon
Human Culture IV: Globalization and the Modern World (MULS0027)

6 May 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

City University of Hong Kong Application will open soon
Hong Kong History (MULS0028)

20 May 2017 (Sat)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 n.n.

Application will open soon

Parents are also welcome. Parents do not need to apply online. Walk-in registration will be done at the registration counter on the date of the event.

Student Forum

This student forum organized by the Student Organizing Team allows students who are interested in exploreing the idea further to join and present their own ideas on crucial elements determing the future of the world. Tutors and advisors will be invited to help students sharpen, polish and present their ideas.

Timeframe

Activity

Mid Feb to Mid May 2017

Application for Student Organizing Team

Mid May 2017

Screening Interview

Jun to Aug 2017

Meetings of Student Organizing Team

Late Aug 2017

Student Forum

Title (Course Code) Date and Time Target Participant Venue Application Application Deadline
Student Forum (MULS0031) Aug 2017

All secondary school students in Hong Kong who have attended any two of the opening talks and/or public lectures in this project

HKAGE Application will open soon
Student Organizing Team for Student Forum (MULS0032) Feb to Aug 2017 HKAGE secondary members who have attended any two of the opening talks and/or public lectures in this project HKAGE Application will open soon

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact us at 3940 0102 or 3940 0108 or via email apd@hkage.org.hk.