Nearly ten years ago on a whim, I started this blog. At about the same time, I also joined Facebook and Twitter. For all intents and purposes, this blog has been on life support for years. I’ve also severely restricted my forays on Facebook to infrequent personal updates. What I had been doing almost … Continue reading The great experiment
Imagine that you are locked up in an insane asylum. You are perfectly sane, or so you think. In fact, you have lived your life with the assumption that you are normal. Now, you are stuck inside a mental ward because the doctors have diagnosed you with a very serious mental illness. The doctors think … Continue reading I’m not insane (I’ve only lost my mind)
“Daddy, why does time go forward? Why can’t time go backwards?” I got asked a very simple question by my six-year-old that got the rusty gears, pulleys, and levels cranking in my head. It's not an easy question to answer. There is a lot to unpack here. We take for granted that the arrow of … Continue reading The arrow of time
After the ancient Egyptian King Tutankhamen died, an iron-blade dagger with a gold sheath was placed in his sarcophagus. This was rediscovered in 1925 after thousands of years. Nowadays, the gold sheath attracts our attention, but in ancient times, the iron would've been much more valuable. I never thought about this before now. You might … Continue reading A simple iron dagger
Friends, I think it is time to address the elephant in the room- #MeToo. Women in India (and elsewhere) are rising in massive numbers to report cases of sexual harassment and assault. What should men do? How should they react? To decent men who are wondering what they should do at this moment: speak out … Continue reading #MeToo: what should men do?
One of the greatest archaeological discoveries in modern times is the library of Ashurbanipal in the Assyrian city of Nineveh, where there were tens of thousands of tablets with gorgeous Akkadian cuneiform text. This is an image of a portion of the epic of Gilgamesh from Nineveh, now at the British Museum. I hope to … Continue reading Nineveh
What is our place in the universe? To know this, it is important to know who we are and where we came from. Anthropologists believe that modern humans have existed on earth for roughly 300,000 years. If I used my calculator correctly that translates to 0.008% of the time all life has existed on this … Continue reading Before I go to the grocery store