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Archives for November, 2006

The Chopra Effect

Let me put it mildly. Mr Deepak Chopra’s post on Dawkins book is an intellectual abomination. [via Pharyngula] The kind of vomit only a cauldron of idiocy can spew out. Chopra calls a muddled rant on color perception as a thought experiment and asks us to give up on scientifically analyzing the workings of our…

Recent reading and some music

Although it is hard to resist blogging, I’ve been taking a sort of reading break to catch up on my reading. Here’s the last two books I’ve read. How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen – A collection of mostly political and economic stories of mumbo jumbo. I…

No extension for Music Copyright in Britain

Some sensible things happening over here in the rainy country. No copyright extension for songs reports the BBC. At present, copyright for artists (not the same as composers, who get 120 years of exclusive rights) extends for 50 years in Britain. Within this time artists can collect royalties for their performances whenever they are aired.…

Imagine

Ramya has started reading The God Delusion and asked what’s the reference to Imagine by Lennon in the first few pages. Here’s Lennon performing Imagine at Google Videos. Imagine no religion. It’s not that hard.

Wonder

I was watching many of the videos at Beyond Belief yesterday evening. They are well worth your time, particularly if you want to understand the historical narratives of science and religion. When Carolyn Porco was talking (video, last speaker) about wonder and showing some of the stunning astronomical images, I was struck by a thought.…

A very readable article in NY Times on Science and Religion. Here’s something that I find inane that touches upon meaning and purpose of life. “There are six billion people in the world,” said Francisco J. Ayala, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Irvine, and a former Roman Catholic priest. “If we think…

Religious Faith is Hopeless

A fundamental difference between religious faith and science pertains to hope. Underlying religious faith is the belief that God knows everything and controls everything. In any religion, human capacity is at best subservient to God’s will. This is a sorry state to be in for any human. Religious faith takes away any hope of advancing…

Catching up with the Delusions

The Q&A session by Dawkins after the reading of The God Delusion in Lynchburg, VA . All the standard questions of the believing brigade properly disposed off. Fabulous. The video plays for about an hour. The Colbert Episode. Dawkins plays the game very well.

During my visit to India last month, I promised myself that I would accomplish one important task. I would do everything in my power to eliminate the tech support role that I was playing to my parents. You see, my parents had inherited (ah, sweet pun) a desktop computer from me and in my absence…

Hurray! Without further delay, here are the results of TheScian Science Fiction Short Story Contest 2006! 1. ‘The Asylum at Bergen’ by Aditya Sudarshan (Winning entry) 2. ‘To Sleep Perchance to Dream’ by Rohinton Daruwala (second best) 3. ‘Now We Live a Full Lifespan’ Cyril M Gupta (third best) The other stories that I and…