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China conducts in its own strange ways acts that are political, which makes me more and more uneasy about its rapidly growing economic and military strength.  If that is how I feel, when comfortably situated in the US, I can easily imagine the much larger scope of anxieties among the typical Filipino or Vietnamese or J

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Remember the Second Law of Thermodynamics from the high school days?  What? You forgot that already?  No way!The next time you read about, or see something, which makes you comment along the lines of "the world is getting more and more chaotic," remind yourself about the second law of thermodynamics, a

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Today was another lesson on how I have no grounds to complain about my life.  But, the idiot that I am, well, this lesson will soon be forgotten.  When I start whining the "poor me!" tune, smack me on the head and remind me about this one and other such lessons, will you?"What happened today?" you wond

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It is simply fascinating to me how visiting a country makes me so connected to that place, even though the chances of me going there again are practically nil, given that there are so many other places that I want to head to.  Thus, even though a second trip to Ecuador is no where in my horizon, I continue to follow wi

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Note upfront that it is "intellectuals" in the title and not intellectuals.  Because of the presumption that there cannot be any intellectual on the right side of the political center.  To "intellectuals," a "leftist intellectual" is tautological because, ahem, intellectuals by definition are leftist!

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It was a lovely wedding.  The bridesmaids wore a charming shade of orangy-red, and the groomsmen were in their tuxedos.  The bride and the groom, whom I have known as students, clearly conveyed the importance of the moment. The drive back gave me ample time to think about the students that I have come

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A polio-free world is in sight.  Yes, a world without polio!Since the initiative

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We live in magical times.  When we want something, all we need to do is go to a store and hand them colorful paper and walk away with that product.  Or, we slide a plastic and that product is all ours.  Better yet, we look at a magical screen while sitting comfortably on our beds, choose what we want, type in

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The expedition that resulted in The Log from the Sea of Cortez was in 1940.  John Steinbeck was well aware of the war that had broken out in Europe; remember the following from a previous post?

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Serious believers, of which there are far fewer than those who reflexively mouth their faiths in their gods, think about their existence by reading the holy books and reading commentaries on them.  They contemplate on what their gurus have to say.  They might go on pilgrimages,

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John Steinbeck uses the rich backdrop of marine creatures in order to think about humans and humanity.  I will, in turn, use his musings in the context of Singapore in order to think about humans and humanity and, in the process, to perhaps even convince

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A few years ago, back when I used to practically nag my mother to make walking in order to get soaked by the sun-rays a part of her daily routine, I suggested that she could do it before the day heated up--the time after her morning coffee and before the kitchen work began.  She said she could not walk then.  Why?

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You, dear reader, perhaps are not stumped by the word "holothuria."  I was.  In fact, the chances are high that a couple of days later I will not remember what holothuria means.  Because, that word and what it means is not a part of my every day life.  That is perhaps how somebody in a small town in the

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About this time in August, every year I have posted about nuclear weapons since re-starting this blog.  Why?  Simply put, I find the world's continuing fascination with nuclear weapons despite the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be shocking, awful, pathetic, and tragic. Take a look at the followin

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For a long time, I have been blogging about higher education, especially about:The entire system treating students as if they are kids at a four-year camp;The growth of bureaucracy to make sure students are happy and comfortable; and, thus,Various kinds of "parental" disciplining of students; a

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John Steinbeck writes about creatures that I have not even heard of.  The older I get, and the more I read, the more do I understand that I know nothing.  And, therefore, I am all the more surprised when I run into people who behave as if they know it all and I wonder from where they draw that erroneous conclusion

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The politics of the Iran deal discussions interest me so much that I even follow the administration's Twitter feed on that, which has a Twitter ID that says exactly what it is about, unlike my Twitter ID.

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A slip. A small slip.Blood started flowing out of the finger where the knife landed. The sliced onions now looked like beets.As I sat resting my racing heart and my now-bandaged finger, I thought about my mother, my grandmothers, my aunts, who, I know, have been in such situatio

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John Steinbeck's descriptions are so vivid that it is almost as if I am right there with him.  I am there as they are getting ready for the expedition to the Sea of Cortez.  I am there as they get going. No wonder he is a celebrated author, eh!A phenomenal thinker and writer like Steinb

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Only a few pages into the final one in my deep reads for this summer and I am left wondering why I hadn't read The log from the Sea of Cortez before and why it had to be in

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I suspect that the idea of fasting happened upon humans when they worried that eating and drinking every day might make them forget the value and importance of food.  Further, the more they ate and drank the less they paid attention to their souls.  Thus, humans in different cultural contexts developed a system of

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In The Matrix, Morpheus reminds Neo that it is our brains that tell us what we think a smell is, what a taste is, what the world is.  Based on all that, we then think of the universe in a certain way.  What if it is all a figment of our imagination? Ancient Hindu philosophers provided even the i

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I usually stay away from wasting spending my time blogging about the presidential election issues.  But, sometimes, like in this one, I yield to the temptation ;)Next week, the Grand Old-People Party debates begin.  It is going to be wonderful theatre from the first minute of the first

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Do we really put our money where our mouth is?The writer of a letter to the Statesman Journal notes that we are "a nation of fools":We, the Americ

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The tweets were the first.  When I peeked into Facebook, there were posts.  Later that evening, when I called to check in with my parents, father said "the big news here is that Abdul Kalam died.""Yes, I got the news here.""Already?"Father has not gotten used to news traveling a

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Margaret Thatcher famously commented that there is no such thing as society, in her articulation of a political economic thinking that promoted the individual and individual's rights.  Thatcher and Reagan set the

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When I was in high school, India was a long, long way from becoming the world's call center.  After all, telephones were a luxury back then.  In that old India, professional opportunities were scarce and, thus, most kids who were academically smart were encouraged, pushed, and even shoved into engineering or medic

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All of man's troubles have arisen from the fact that we do not know what we are and do not agree on what we want to be.That was what I read when I opened a page in random after the friend gifted me with E.O. Wilson's The Meaning of Human Existence.  A very strange i-ching reading, if the

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One of the attractions for us kids when going to Pattamadai--grandma's village--was the thought that we would go to the river a few times.

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I need better hobbies.Hobbies that won't make me feel all worrying about where things are going.  Hobbies that won't make me long for the simpler days of, oh, even five years ago.  Well, ok, any hobby other than the one that takes up all my life, it seems--the hobby of reading and thinking!

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