The Scientific Indian

Archives for September, 2007

John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Mutual Fund, brings the imbalance of American society into sharp focus with candor and insight. A conversation that I am going to watch many times, especially the part where Bogle draws parallels between pre-revolutionary French society with its castle owners and the present amercian soceity with its super-rich.

I must apologize for the poor quality of the audio recording of Once upon a time in a queue essay published on the 24th. It was recorded at 6:30 in the morning while I was half asleep. I’ve done a new recording today and have replaced the original audio files now. For those who are…

Evolution is directed blindness, a muddling-through in the direction of survival and procreation. Very early on, evolution acquired a shopping bag: the Skin. A piece of astonishing molecular engineering that is protective, flexible, regenerative, self-healing, vitamin manufacturing, and porous to a precise degree. But, there is one catch. It is colored: we call it black,…

Burmese monks facing violence

One of the things that rot any totalitarian regime from within is its inability to keep the route to reform open. The burmese Junta is one such rotting regime. While it’s neighbors, which includes India, prefer to sit by the sidelines and watch (the Junta is the gatekeeper and preserver of India energy interests in…

Caferati, Indian writers forum

Caferati is a place for aspiring writers to meet, share and collaborate with each other. It is of Indian origin and the members meet in many cities in India. They have a number of online resources (site, google groups). Geographical accidents such as birthplace and country of residence should not worry you if you want…

Penis lengthening cream

The Indian version of penis lengthening cream is applied on the face. Cream makers are a kind bunch, mindful of cultural differences and such. If there is one organ that has a disproportionate and ludicrious hold on us – men and women, it must be the skin.

Once upon a time in a queue

The latest essay is out at TheScian.com. As I’ve done for the past few essays, this too has been subjected to yours truly’s vocal excess. Thanks to Sunil for reading a very early draft and saving me from some glaring mistakes. Our queue was frozen in time. We seemed to have entered an amnesiac queue…

Secular UK schools

A political impossibility, apparently. A Guardian article ‘We wanted a fundamental change in the relationship with the school and the established religion of the country,’ said Kelley, talking about the proposals he put forward towards the end of Tony Blair’s premiership. ‘They accepted it would be popular but said it was politically impossible.’ One senior…

Curse of the Janjaweed

As soon as she saw the two darkly clad men riding towards her on camels, their heads and faces swathed in scarves, Nafisa Mohamed knew what she must do. “I told my son and my daughter to run as fast as they could.” The men were the Janjaweed, nomadic Arab bandits who have been slaughtering…

DIY Out-of-body experience

Allow me to present to you the after effects of Evolution which did not anticipate video cameras and head-mounted projection. The key to creating an artificial out-of-body experience is to scramble a person’s visual and touch sensations, tricking their brain into perceiving that they are somewhere else.[via New Scientist] How easily our brain gets tricked!