Category Archives: Humanities

Posts about phi­los­o­phy, reli­gion, soci­ety, fem­i­nism, etc.

The Passive Consumer vs. the Active Aficionado

The Pas­sive Con­sumer Lis­tens to what­ev­er music is play­ing on radio or stream­ing online Watch­es TV shows when they are aired Watch­es movies just released that every­one is talk­ing about Par­tic­i­pates in trend­ing con­ver­sa­tions on social media Enjoys car­toons, videos, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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How Atheists Are Also Often Spiritual

Can an athe­ist be spir­i­tu­al? I posed this ques­tion on social media and the respons­es ranged from the resound­ing­ly affir­ma­tive to out­right neg­a­tive. Exam­ple of the affir­ma­tive: “Cer­tain­ly. I’m an athe­ist, but I spend more time think­ing about spir­i­tu­al things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Fifth Pillar of Indian Democracy

Indi­an democ­ra­cy is said to rest on the ven­er­a­ble four pil­lars of the leg­is­la­ture, the exec­u­tive, the judi­cia­ry, and the press. All the four pil­lars have cracked to a great degree and Indi­an democ­ra­cy is not healthy. In brief, we … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Holy Shit” of Terror: Middle Ages & Renaissance

Ser­i­al killers are a spe­cial kind of breed for law enforce­ment agen­cies. This has been a pop­u­lar germ for numer­ous movies and count­less nov­els. Detec­tives inves­ti­gat­ing ser­i­al mur­ders build a pro­file of the killer based on gath­ered evi­dence, then match … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Wheels of Friendship

When I reached high school, my curios­i­ty led me to won­der, how do a train’s wheels, which are on a fixed axle, nego­ti­ate a curve? If a pair of wheels nego­ti­ate a curve, the out­er wheel has to trav­el a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Science of Curiosity

When I was a small kid, I had hun­dreds of ques­tions about every­thing. What they taught us in school was com­plete­ly dis­tanced from my curios­i­ty in observ­ing the world around me. Why are these peo­ple defe­cat­ing in the bush­es? Nobody … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2014

What is UPA? What does it stand for? Under­cov­er Pay­ment Agree­ment. This coali­tion is all about not let­ting any­one know who paid how much to whom for what. Who is the UPA’s PM can­di­date? They thought they had an ace … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Importance of my Earnest Vote in A Comedy of Errors

I vot­ed in the 2014 Indi­an Lok Sab­ha elec­tions today, after research­ing for many days about the dif­fer­ent can­di­dates up for elec­tion in Pune. I vot­ed today after dis­cov­er­ing yes­ter­day that I was not vot­ing in the Pune con­stituen­cy at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Indian Housewives and Their Maids

The rela­tion­ship many Indi­an house­wives have with their maids is in many ways like that of arranged mar­riages. To start with, the elab­o­rate maid-hunt­ing process begins much like bride-hunt­ing in arranged mar­riages, where you first seek ref­er­ences for qual­i­ty maids. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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