I am a basketball nerd and fell in love with the game because of the Dream Team and of course, the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan. But just when the entire basketball world focuses on this latest documentary, “The Last Dance”, I have decided not to watch it.

Why is Steve Kerr on the poster instead of Kukoc (or Harper)?

Yes, Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. no question but the problem I have is how so many basketball fans, and probably a reflection of our society these days, just blindly worship success, after the fact. …


Waking up this morning, my news feeds are flooded with the debate over Jill Biden’s Doctor of Education degree (or is it more about her attitude?). Time for me to chip in.

Well, it’s best first to present my positionality statement in a layman format:

  • I have a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Northeastern University, along with quite a few other degrees I have obtained in the field of engineering, accounting, laws, and pharmacy (in progress). Here’s my profile.
  • I don’t like people calling me Dr. Yau simply for the fact that I don’t want to be called upon doing…

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With the United Nations reclassifying cannabis (https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1079132), it is time for Asian countries and the rest of the world to play the catch-up game.

The problem is, most cannabis activists in this part of the region are still doing it the wrong way.

The best way to promote cannabis in Asia is not through legalization or decriminalization because by fighting against the police and legal establishment, it will create more stigma that will have a counter effect to bring cannabis mainstream. …


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Before examining the potential use of cannabinoid therapy for HIV patients, it is important to recognize that most literature or research in this field is focused on treating the symptoms or side effects caused by HIV, rather than curing the disease itself.

In fact, this was what kick-started the cannabis movement a few decades ago: a group of activists fighting for using cannabis to treat AIDS-related side effects of the first approved retroviral treatment for AIDS. These symptoms include nausea/vomiting, wasting syndrome, pain, and depression. …


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Taiwan, not Thailand (for those who are new to Asia), is a place for the ages. Not because of its unique position in Asia; not because of its wonderful people and landscape; not because of its amazing food and freaking night markets; not because of any of these cliche people have managed to label a beautiful place. Taiwan is amazing because it is a place of dichotomy. But it needs to change.

Taiwan is both liberal and conservative: a place where you can have same-sex marriage but at the same time, a place where there are full of laws that…


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Wisdom is often considered the pinnacle or hallmark of adult thinking. And it has a long historical root from psychology and philosophy. In fact, wisdom can be linked back as early to the work of Plato and Aristotle.

It has been pointed out there are three senses wisdom that includes sophia (in search of ultimate truth), phronesis (practical wisdom) and episteme (scientific knowledge). As an example, techne (technical knowledge) is like knowing how to make a good car but phronesis is the self-pursuit of perfection that enables us to know what is a good car. More important, this pursuit for…


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Today let’s talk about synthetic cannabinoid toxicity and how these agents differ from cannabis. The way natural cannabis affects our body is through the interaction with our very own endocannabinoid system, specifically the CB1 and CB2 receptors. For simplicity purposes, we can say that the CB1 receptor affects the central nervous system and the CB2 receptor affects the immune system and the peripheral of our body. Natural cannabis has many different types of cannabinoids and most people make reference to two, THC and CBD, and they interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors.

THC interacts mostly with CB1 receptors which…

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