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More Schopenhauer

Lack of understanding [is] called stupidity; deficiency in the application of the faculty of reason to what is practical we [recognize] as foolishness; deficiency in power of judgement as silliness; finally, partial or even complete lack of memory as madness… That which is correctly known through the faculty of reason is truth. -From The World…

Peepoo Bag

A poo bag that can make a difference to a lot of people in need, especially women and children. The PeePoo site. [via NDTV, thanks Ramya.]

Is there a difference between thinking and thinking hard? I mean, thinking is thinking. How can you say if someone is thinking hard or not? Well, I am going to first call on Newton to tell you what that difference is. Newton said, `If others would think as hard as I did, then they would…

Fractal zoom

G H Hardy once said numbers would exist even if the universe did not. The zoom below takes us into that alternate mathethematical reality which appears to be more richer and deeper than our physical one. Mandelbrot Fractal Set Trip To e214 HD from teamfresh on Vimeo. Via kottke

Kantoi by Zee Avi

At Studio360. Another version.

Why do Snow and Cloud look the same

Chesnut School Lane, Amersham. A few days back when England was covered in a bit of snow, an image on the television screen caught my eye. An aerial camera was showing a highway from above–for a moment the snow covered trees and houses looked like they were engulfed in thick white clouds. Snow looks like…

Einstein explains his religion

I am reading “Einstein, a life”, by Denis Brian. The book is remarkable–a two decade long labor of great love and reading. Quoted in the book is a dinner conversation where Einstein is asked about his religion by someone at the dinner: “What?” exclaimed Kerr. “It isn’t possible! I must ask him right away. Professor!…

Avatar movie review

First the name. Avatar–if you play computer games, you may know this very well–is a character you use inside an unreal world. The word Avatar has its origins in Indian mythology. An Avatar (ava-tara in Sanskrit) is god’s visit to earth to fix something that is broken. Vishnu, one of the three gods who protects…

SF Contest stories are online

at TheScian.com. Enjoy. The authors would be glad to see your comments and–am sure–would happily respond. The stories are a break from the past. They are uncompromising, and hence, I hope, will give the reader the rare satisfaction of a thoughtful discussion, rather than superficial entertainment. TheScian SF book is in the works. More illustrations…

TheScian SF Contest 2009 Results

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the participants. The stories will go online at TheScian.com within a few days. First prize – “Stalker” by Shuchikar (author’s penname) Second prize – “On board the Ark” by Ankit Bhardwaj Third prize – “Dropping Off” by Ramanand I am pleased to say that all three stories…