More than a year since the last post. It started feeling pretentious, and pointless, to write about things that I don't fully understand. I reasoned that perhaps a better use of the time would be to read more instead of writing half-baked opinions. Anyways, there was a very strong desire to write this one. Last … Continue reading Review@30
Recently, during a lunch-table conversation, a colleague told me the exact same thing that an old friend said a few months ago. I now have feedback from two different people that I can get outright condescending during discussions. A new character flaw perhaps. I knew that sometimes I get a bit aggressive during arguments but didn't realize that … Continue reading The Guessing Game
Sunday. Lazy afternoon. And ethanol. Perfect conditions for armchair philosophy. Free from the daily grind, our mind wanders into the realm of inquiry. Today was one such day for a good friend of mine. Prodded by a poignant short story about a little girl working as a housemaid and unable to attend school, he was forced … Continue reading Feeling Guilty, Are We?
The debate over the death penalty is perhaps as ancient as the punishment itself. So, it is kind of strange that we are still unsure of the propriety of something so old. Recently in India, the fault-lines over the issue came to the fore in the case of convicted terrorist Yakub Memon. As usual, Indian democracy's … Continue reading The Question of Life and Death
A long time since the last post. Well, it's been more than a year now since I started my PhD, and things have started to get interesting, and a little hectic as well. Hence, the neglected blog. Yes, against popular opinion, PhD work can also get hectic. Something I thought was not possible when I … Continue reading The Specialists
Caste System. A morally abhorrent construct of the past, the endurance of which defies comprehension. It has persisted through numerous social and religious reform movements for almost 2500 years. Buddhism was perhaps the first big reform movement when it broke free from Hinduism as a direct consequence of rigidity in caste hierarchies. This fight continues to … Continue reading Colonization of Knowledge
Religion is ubiquitous, although not universal. It is so embedded in our psyche and so pervasive that explaining the reason for its existence has occupied some of the great minds in science and philosophy. There have been as many ideas as thinkers, offering possible reasons on why religion has persisted through human history. Many theories, … Continue reading Lazy Scientists