science

The Jaundiced Eye : In how many different ways can you calculate your age?

Finding the most number of right answers? Or finding the least wrong answers? Which is a better way to educate our kids?

Imagine the consequences of being alive for 200 years. Would a longer life be a curse or a boon? Interesting questions.

Life in uncertain. Why do we struggle to comprehend uncertainty? What can we do about it?

Is proof required to believe? Or must there belief sometimes before proof can be understood, as in the case of the Pythagoras theorem?

The mind substitutes likelihood with representative-ness of an event. This is how we make errors in judgment which can have far reaching impact on society.

Luck is said to happen when opportunity meets preparation. I don’t like that definition. Somehow, it seems to give more credit to free will than it deserves.

No country or culture has been able to stop them. Is there such a thing as a ‘rapist’ gene? What are the fundamental causes? And what are the proximate causes?

Time is one of the most fascinating human constructs. In the matter of cosmology and universal time scales, the Hindus have put forth a grand idea, and whether true or not, it does make the pulse quicken. My belief is that it would benefit all to take notice of this.

Creativity is divergence in thought – an ability to consider infinite possibilities in the place of one or few. We are all born with it. Tragically, it dies within most of us by the time we cross the age of ten. Why? Why are not more of us creating things? Does creativity have to involve pain and suffering? What does it mean to create?

I will freely admit that I’m an unabashed admirer of scientists. Well, most of them. They are practitioners of the scientific method, a means which is relentlessly objective and rational. The scientific method calls for a statement or theory to be verifiable (or falsifiable) and repeatable. Practitioners of the scientific method do not subscribe to […]

When it comes to his own specialty, evolutionary biology, there is none better than Richard Dawkins. But the purpose of this book is not to explain science. It is rather, as he tells us, “to raise consciousness,” which is quite another thing.

Today (July 4, 2012), scientists from CERN in Europe announced that they may have found clear signs of a particle which is thought to be the Higgs boson, popularly known as the God particle. The hardworking scientists aren’t getting ahead of themselves, and are not quite confirming the existence of the Higgs boson outright. They’ve […]

Can a perfect society exist? Is the existence of a flawless society of humans possible? Tanya Singhal, a Ph.D. student in Europe, writes about the impracticality of the Utopian ideal in this guest post for What Ho!

Empathy is the ability to view the world from another’s perspective. Of all emotions, it’s empathy that makes us human. Some would even say it’s empathy that makes us divine. So how exactly does empathy work from a neurological perspective? What triggers empathy? Can we be trained to be empathetic?

Where do thoughts spring from? What is knowledge? Does it come from sensory inputs? Is there such a thing as pre-existing knowledge? So asked Immanuel Kant, one of the most influential philosophers in Western thought, who lived in 18th century Germany. Pondering the question of “if a baby were to somehow be born without eyes, nose, ears […]

Light is at the core of physics. Light, its attributes and energy, define the very parameters of this amazing universe that we find ourselves in. The nature of light, also (less commonly) known by its scientific name – electromagnetic radiation (EMR) – is the most fascinating conundrum we have encountered in nature. Light is the two-faced […]

Scientists in Europe claim that they have observed neutrinos traveling faster than light. What are neutrinos? Why is it surprising that they can travel faster than light? What’s the big deal? Neutrinos What are neutrinos? They are sub-atomic particles – little wisps of almost nothing, with no electrical charge. Being neutral, they are found nearly […]