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Concealing thougts…

Yes, of the kind which men attain! Who dares the child’s true name in public mention? The few, who thereof something really learned, Unwisely frank, with hearts that spurned concealing, And to the mod laid bare each thought and feeling, … Continue reading

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Whipped cream and poached eggs

STORE ROOM NO. 71 WHIPS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES “Whips!” cried Veruca Salt. “What on earth do you use whips for?’ “For whipping cream, of course,” said Mr. Wonka. “How can you whip cream without whips? Whipped cream isn’t … Continue reading

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Review of Annihilation: the novel and the movie

 .               Somewhere on my feeds, I came to know about a movie named Annihilation starring Natalie Portman. The review was good, and it mentioned that the movie was based on a book of the same name … Continue reading

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Knowledge, its use and teaching

Bodies of knowledge are, with a few exceptions, not designed to be taught, but to be used. To teach a body of knowledge is thus a highly artificial enterprise. thus a highly artificial enterprise. The transition from knowledge regarded as … Continue reading

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What is a mathematical proof?

A dialogue in The Mathematical Experience by Davis and Hersh on what is mathematical proof and who decides what a proof is? Let’s see how our ideal mathematician (IM) made out with a student who came to him with a strange … Continue reading

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Uberization of Education

An Uberized education is when… An Uberized education is when – as in antiquity – one goes to a specific teacher to get lectures, bypassing the university. The students and the teachers are thus matched. If a piece of paper … Continue reading

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Cover of Carl Sagan’s The Dragons of Eden: A good example of bad science

Carl Sagan was a wonderful writer. He wrote many amazing books for popularising science and also championed against pseudo-science prevalent in the society. Like many countless others Sagan’s works have inspired and fired imagination in me. Particularly he decimated the … Continue reading

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Implicit cognition in the visual mode

Images become iconified, with the image representing an object or phenomena, but this happens by enculturation rather by training. An example to elaborate this notion is the painting Treachery of Images by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte. The painting is also … Continue reading

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Epistemicide!

When I read the word for the first time it invoked a very intense and intentional pun in my mind. The word was coined by a Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos in his multi-volume project Reinventing Social Emancipation. Toward … Continue reading

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Mascot Mantis

A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name. [Source] A few … Continue reading

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