Yesterday, I had a discussion with a colleague. Afterwards he told me the exact same thing that an old friend told me a few months ago. I now have feedback from two different people that I can get outright condescending during discussions. I knew that sometimes I am a bit aggressive during arguments but didn’t realize that it sounds … 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 and we start a socratic dialogue with ourselves. Today was one such day for a good friend of mine. Prodded by a poignant short story – work of another close friend – about … Continue reading Feeling Guilty, Are We ?
The debate over 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. Perhaps this is one of those ‘Wicked problems‘ where a solution is almost impossible to find. Recently in India, the fault-lines over the issue came to … 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, unlike other Indian inventions, is not something we can be (or should be) proud of. 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, the time when Buddhism, as the first reform movement, broke free from … 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
Inside the treasure trove of humor that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a wonderful parody of Plato’s ship of fools allegory. Douglas Adams, in the second book of the series, creates a sketch in which the two main characters, Ford Perfect and Arthur Dent, are accidentally teleported to an space-ship of the alien planet Golgafrincham, only to find it … Continue reading The B-Ark Jobs