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Food for the soul

Today, I spent some time with my soul…


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Cybernetics: Are we learning more by simplifying nature?

Ecosystems are hopelessly complicated. The sheer number of variables influencing any single ecosystem process is staggering; each one has a distinct role to play in that process. Remove one, and the whole thing changes.

Now when you think about all the ecosystem processes, happening in an around every single organism in the world, you can imagine how many variables are at play and how many different permutations can arise because of their interplay. You can also imagine the staggering number of results this can produce if even ONE of the variables changed.

(Take a moment to just think about this.

Incidentally, it is these possibilities that has led to the formulation of the multiverse theory, which simply states that every possibility has manifested itself somewhere, somehow.) Continue reading Cybernetics: Are we learning more by simplifying nature?

Making a mixture: Importance of inter-disciplinary work for the future

For a long time, science was pursued in it’s purest form. If you are a physicist, you would restrict yourself to the realm of tiny particles and abstract concepts (or that’s what it seemed like for most part of my childhood). Similarly, biologists would stick to the fields of medicine and/or studying life forms. Chemists would work with chemicals. Fields like ecology, economics, psychology, music, were no different. People have, for most part of our history (oh yes, history too!), have stuck to the study and advancement of their fields.

But is that enough? Continue reading Making a mixture: Importance of inter-disciplinary work for the future

5 ways to protect your homes from the air pollution

The pollution crisis continues to be big problem in New Delhi. The focus has shifted slightly after the government released a bombshell announcement to curb black money, but we shouldn’t forget our air quite so easily.

Even though the pollution levels outside are ridiculously high, you can control the pollution levels at home. Keeping your homes safe can go a long way in keeping your family (especially children and senior citizens) safe and healthy. Here are 5 ways in which you can do this…

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Overpopulation: Seriously, there’s just too many of us!

Human beings are not the most dominant species by intelligence alone, we are also the most dominant in terms of presence. There is no other large species (in terms of size and resource requirements) in the world that comes close to the 7 billion that we number. That, is not an accomplishment. Our numbers are the single biggest problem we have created for ourselves and it is one of the 4 reasons why the world is facing this environmental crisis.

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“What evil are we burning away by adding pollutants into our atmosphere?”

As little as 15 minutes ago, I was at a local park doing pull ups (16 in one go. Personal best!). While I was at it, a group of 5 kids, the eldest not more than 9 years old, came rushing into the park. They were very excited. One of them was carrying a figure; a crude figure of what had to be their depiction of Ravana.

To those of you who don’t know, let me provide some context. Every year, around this time in Oct, the festival of Dussera is celebrated in India. It is a festival drawn from the Hindu mythology of Ramayana. Ram is supposed to have defeated the demon king Ravana on this day. Since then till now, this day is celebrated as Dussera to signify the victory of good over evil.

Signifying this victory, a statue/doll of Ravana (of varying sizes) are burnt all over India. It is a representation of burning away all the evil in our lives and starting life afresh. Those kids, were clearly going to do the same. There was just one problem that I saw.

The doll they had made was of cardboard and thermocol.

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