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Catching up on readings I had saved up. Edge essay. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE RESIST SCIENCE? By Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg Pankaj Mishra’s review of The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future by Martha C. Nussbaum. Battle of the book reviews. Book review on a blog? Nah! You can’t be serious!.…

Chinese Penis

The news is this: rich chinese men flagellate on animal penis to soften the blows of midlife crisis. Some time back there was another news about an abandoned boat near a big chinese city that was full of rare animals, starving and at the verge of dying. The newly minted rich in the land of…

The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops is a short story by E M Forster, which he wrote as a reaction to one of H G Wells’s optimistic stories. I have read through part of the story and I must confess I find the vocabulary outdated, but that should not surprise anyone, since all science fiction stories run that…

It’s all free!

Scientific American July Issue. In other news, Nature has started Scintilla, a service that keeps you up to date on papers, news and science weblogs. You can also rate and recommend things. You’ll have to register to do anything and you can’t have a RSS feed (What!! My browser doesn’t run on free fuel, you…

Intelligent Design is Religion

Intelligent Religion is Religion. This isn’t news. The news is: UK Government has said so, shoving witless non-science like Intelligent Design and Creationism back into the holes they came from. “The Government is aware that a number of concerns have been raised in the media and elsewhere as to whether creationism and intelligent design have…

What are we going to do with the stupid?

What are we going to do with the stupid? Assuming, of course, that you and me are not stupid. A contentious and explosive question in its political and moral implications. A New Scientist opinion piece: They are the individuals who lie at the bottom of the normal range of human intelligence. I’m not talking about…

Magic magnets in NHS

Is NHS (UK’s National Health Service) turning into a wonderland? Magical magnets have been approved to screw the desperate – poor and elderly, usually, the ones who need proper treatment and not some wacko prescription. The accountants at the Prescription Pricing Authority have decided that the “the magnets will save money on bandages and nurses’…

Road to Nirvana

Driving in India is a unique and beguiling experience. There are many lessons to learn, and in the end of it all, you will attain Nirvana, the quintessential Indian state of non-being. Roads in and around Bangalore are like earth’s oceans during the Cambrian period; an explosion of unpredictable shapes and forms slither around; cars…

Rotten old men

Ladies and gentlemen, no need for any introductions. [via reddit] Senile Age, I abhor thee. Sensible Youth, I adore thee. Here is a young student who shows the idiocy of a priest who is unaware that the pulpit reeks. Long time ago I lived in Boulder. I was new to the country and was channel…

Lessig’s announcement

Lawence Lessig has annouced his decision to shift his focus from IP related issues to solving the problem of Corruption for the next ten years. Bravo! He defines corruption thus: “Corruption” … the subtle pressure to take views or positions because of the financial reward they will bring you. link