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For the longest time, we humans were no different from other mammals in that we hunted and gathered to feed ourselves, and over the rest of the hours of the day, we played, fought, mated, and scratched ourselves.  And we slept. Some stupid humans proposed that we simply stay put, raise some animals, grow so

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By now, from the many posts, it will be clear that one pet peeve of mine is that for almost all--including me--the action does not match the rhetoric. It seems like an overwhelming majority of us mortals lead lives of moral mediocrity at best, and often practically immoral lives, all based on our own individual

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I was a vegetarian by accident, having been born into those circumstances.  Over the years, I have largely stayed off animal proteins because I am increasingly uncomfortable with killing animals for food, though I fall off the proverbial wagon once in a while.If we humans were truly beastly, apes that we on

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A few years ago, I figured out my lunch at work, and even when I am at home.  And I have been eating variations of that lunch ever since, as long as I am the one responsible for my own lunch.I buy ciabatta bread, which even comes in a nice sandwich size at the local grocery store.  I grill both the hal

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When I went to buy a new car, to replace the aging horse that had served me well, I, like most Americans did not buy it cash down.  To get the loan approved, I had to get my credit checked.The sales guy came back with

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Much to my own disappointment, I have stopped thinking that I am still the dashing young man with a whole lot of hair on my head.  I know well that I have become a part

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For the atheist that I am, following the news means that I am always updated on some of the major religious observances.  Thanks to the Mardi Gras parties in New Orleans, for instance, I know that we are in the season of Lent.  Oddly enough, Fat Tuesday nearly coincided with Mahashivarathri--one

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The impossibility of the pursuit of happiness

Ahab was in pursuit of the white whale.  Javert was in pursuit of Jean Valjean.What does it mean to be in pursuit of happiness?The older I get, the more I think that the phrase "pursuit of happiness" is screwed up.  Why did the white, rich, slave-holding founders of the United States refer

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I grew up in a context in which we listened to a lot of music.  At home, it was a whole bunch of classical stuff.  And devotional too.  Then there were film songs that we listened to--Tamil and Hindi.  And then the pop music from the West.  The

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"His father has Alzheimer's, and doesn't recognize his own son," she said.Getting old is not for the faint-hearted!Ever since I read Sherwin Nuland's How We Die, I have always worrie

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One can be in denial forever.  But, eventually, one has to face the truth, and accept it.  Such a day of reckoning for the deniers of climate change, aka tRump's toadies, might arrive sooner than they think.This reckoning

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Years ago, during my California days, when talking about teaching and students, a colleague--who also moved out of the state--described the challenge this way: we need to target the "average student."  That means there will be students who will be above a

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As one who has always loved puns, when a younger person recently talked about being stressed, I couldn't help sharing with her a neat word play with "stressed."It all depended on how one looked at "stressed."  From the last letter to the first, it is nothing but "desserts."Apparently there is a

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First, read the following excerpt:It is impossible to imagine Bill Gates’s wealth without Bill Gates’s ingenuity and effort. But it is far easier to imagine Bill Gates’s wealth being produced by someone other than Bill Gates within the institutions of modern American economic society than it is to

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I hated my undergraduate college for a number of reasons.  At the top of the heap was the air of intellectual apathy.  Nobody cared!There were a few good things that also came about from that miserable experience.  Topping the list was the fact that for the first time I was interacting with my pee

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Back when I was a high school kid, a classmate, who managed to get a hold of catchy statements from somewhere during those dark days before the internet was invented, said "eat to live, but do not live to eat."Sounded good to me.  But at home we seemed to have struck a wonderful mix of both--we lived to eat

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"I just work, work, work," he said. His wealth is way above average, but he does not want to call it quits because he doesn't know what he would then do with his spare time.He asked me if I have changed my car.  I told him I have, and that it is a small little car.  His is a northern E

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One of the ideas that I try to get through to students (and in social conversations too) is this: Science and technology are developing faster and faster at speeds that are beyond our human abilities to understand, adapt, and--more importantly--look into the future.  In my intro classes, I routinely tell students that

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The title of the post that ended the series on Jill Lepore's book was this: Lying is as American as apple pie.Of course, there is nothing exceptional about lying in America.  Everybody lies.  It i

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As Democrats step forward stating their interest in the presidency, we are beginning to know more about them.  Like how Cory Booker is a vegan.  A vegan; not a vegetarian. I had no idea!Booker, who be

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What to do with the racist "thinkers" of the past?

One of the African-American commentators that I often check in with, Charles Blow, had a timely reminder about Abe Lincoln: Tweeting on Lincoln's birthday, Blow writes "He signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He was also a bonafide wh

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I received emails in response to almost every op-ed that I wrote.  A few were hateful, yes.  But, for the most part, people were decent even when disagreeing with me.  I always replied to them, except the "haters and losers," to use the current president's words.  To me, there was no second thoughts abou

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I have forever complained to anybody who would listen to me that it is incorrect to assume that being a vegetarian is synonymous with healthy eating.  My favorite is to point my finger at the huge mounds of rice on any plate, or the number of pooris.  Even worse, the fried snacks of a gazillion types. And the swee

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It does not really surprise nor shock me that neither my adopted country nor the old country is really doing anything about climate change.  Both are DINOs--democracies in name only.  But, at least they are DINOs and not anything worse!I have no say in what India does or does not do; that's up to India

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More than a month ago, I wrote to the author of this piece--in the context of the controversy over women entering the temple at Sabarimalai.  The god at Sabarimalai apparently cannot deal with "unclean" w

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Whether it is a department meeting, or a session at an academic conference, there is always something to process, for which I need to be engaged.  For this, I take with me a notebook and a pen.  I occasionally jot things down--not merely those on which I need to follow up on later, but whatever comes across as new

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Where we are today--whoever "we" are--did not happen as some kind of an accident. The paths can be traced back--the paths from the past that led us to where we are at this time and place.  As the recent blog-post series on Tamil and the U

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In 2002, my academic "job talk," when I came to interview at the university where I now work, was scheduled in the Calapooia Room, on a fateful Ides of March.Until then, I had never heard of Calapooia.I didn't think much about "Calapooia" until I started interacting with the

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After submitting an essay (fingers crossed that it will be accepted for publication) in which I quoted Franz Kafka, I was reminded of another Kafka story that I referred to in a post about the old life in the old country.The following is

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India is gearing up for elections.  Pakistan had its a few months ago. The US cannot wait to get out of Afghanistan. trump wants more troops in Iraq because he wants to keep an eye on Iran, even as he prepares for another photo op with the North Korean killer..Here's a re-post

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