Chao (Cico) Zhang is doing his PhD. (Doctor of Philosophy) research1 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he has been dealing with the systematic dehumanization prevalent in academia. His diverse research interests include, but are not limited to, truth of mind2, human education, well-being. He engages in meditation and philosophy (Zen, Taoism and Neurons), cherishes intelligence humbleness and intellectual independence, cares about human values and well-being, and disapproves of narcissism, egoism and materialism. His main philosophical viewpoint is to embrace and appreciate the diversity of free minds3. He has described himself as a mindful, open-minded, cosmopolitan, self-motivated, compassionate fully, reflective, philosophical and communicative person. His long-term goal is to be a messenger to awaken more people and creative problem-solver for the world, rather than a narrowly focused boffin to itself.
Unfortunately and fortunately, much of the research time went to dealing with dehumanization and academic misconduct, which turns out to be a marvelous practice of mindfulness and much more valuable than any research. Integrity matters most. ↩︎
Cico has been influenced and elightened by Krishnarmurti, Zen, Taoism, now he is developing his way of explanation for the same thing — the nature of mind, in order to share it with more people. ↩︎
A mind distorted by thoughts and illusions are not in the scope of diveristy, though it can be tolerated. ↩︎
MSc in Bioinformatics, 2016
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postgraduate in Cryptographic Protocol, 2011
Chinese Academy of Sciences
BSc in Mathematics, 2009
A crucible of ideas and interests
Speak my mind.
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One has to be honest with oneself to be able to all kinds errosive issues in academia.
Lacking a deep understanding of human mind, that’s no possibility to be critical; as a slave to language, we keep playing the game of word to block us from seeing the truth.
The year 2019 is doomed to be unforgetable! I am so grateful to 2019, a year full of actions to practice mindfulness in life! From 2019, life has become a true meditation.
Any fight is a mental game, where the ugliest sides of human nature can reveal. Mindfulness helps you see the things as they are, which is the only way to understand the situation. To defend the values, you have to be mentally strong and you can be via mindfulness.
Overspecialization creates intellecutual isolationism, or narrow-mindedness, or all kinds of academic boundaries, leaving little space for generalists, does this endanger academic freedom?
Nothing to be proud of
Only represents me at the time.
As an assistant teacher (It does not represent my philosophical values of education)
I was an assistant teacher for the following courses at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: