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    Thread: Links on Pseudoscience and Superstition
Post: RE: Links on Pseudoscience and Superstition

John C. Baez, one of the great mathematics/physics popularizers of today had proposed some years ago, the tongue-in-cheek (yet serious) 'crackpot index', check it out here: http://math.ucr.edu/home/b...
karatalaamalaka Pseudoscience & Superstition 19 40,407 03-Jul-2019, 01:04 PM
    Thread: Lying and ethics (opening shot: my analysis and summary of Sam Harris' new ebook)
Post: Lying and ethics (opening shot: my analysis and su...

Sam Harris recently authored a 26 page e-book called 'Lying'. It is available on Amazon for the Kindle. He was supposedly inspired to write the book based on a course on ethics by Professor Ronald How...
karatalaamalaka Secular Humanism 26 46,673 31-Dec-2014, 02:59 PM
    Thread: Initiating Young Freethinkers
Post: RE: Initiating Young Freethinkers

Here's a simple idea. In science and mathematics curricula, teach kids: 1. Rationality 2. Scientific Method 3. Method of mathematical proof Consciously de-emphasize: 1. Scientific facts (these will...
karatalaamalaka Parenting & Education 5 7,778 14-Aug-2014, 04:09 PM
    Thread: Initiating Young Freethinkers
Post: RE: Initiating Young Freethinkers

Oh yes, and do away with spelling bees and quizzes, and instead we should design games for children that reward logically sound arguments and penalize logical fallacies.
karatalaamalaka Parenting & Education 5 7,778 14-Aug-2014, 04:09 PM
    Thread: The 'Science' of Hindu Cosmology
Post: RE: The 'Science' of Hindu Cosmology

I've recently been reading a secular, objectively researched book on Indian mathematics, 'Mathematics in India,' by Kim Plofker. Compared to some of the other texts on Indian mathematics, this book is...
karatalaamalaka Pseudoscience & Superstition 30 69,229 18-Jun-2014, 04:01 PM
    Thread: The 'Science' of Hindu Cosmology
Post: RE: The 'Science' of Hindu Cosmology

A general quirk of ancient and medieval Indian intellectual history is their obsession with large numbers. The fact that they defined yugas and manvantaras to be millions/billions/trillions of years i...
karatalaamalaka Pseudoscience & Superstition 30 69,229 16-Jun-2014, 12:06 AM
    Thread: Your experiences in learning/teaching the method of science
Post: Your experiences in learning/teaching the method o...

I want to start a thread to discuss your experiences in learning or teaching about the method of science, particularly in the context of the Indian education system. My experience is exemplified in m...
karatalaamalaka Parenting & Education 1 6,453 26-Aug-2013, 04:38 PM
    Thread: AK Ramanujan
Post: AK Ramanujan

Caravan Magazine has an astoundingly (IMO) well written profile of AK Ramanujan. http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/...mall-print To those who don't know who AK Ramanujan was: - Linguistics Pr...
karatalaamalaka Books 1 15,711 23-Aug-2013, 09:00 AM
    Thread: AK Ramanujan
Post: AK Ramanujan

Caravan Magazine has an astoundingly (IMO) well written profile of AK Ramanujan. http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/...mall-print To those who don't know who AK Ramanujan was: - Linguistics Pr...
karatalaamalaka Books 1 15,711 20-Aug-2013, 10:04 AM
    Thread: AK Ramanujan
Post: AK Ramanujan

Caravan Magazine has an astoundingly (IMO) well written profile of AK Ramanujan. http://www.caravanmagazine.in/reportage/...mall-print To those who don't know who AK Ramanujan was: - Linguistics Pr...
karatalaamalaka Books 1 15,711 18-Aug-2013, 07:29 PM
    Thread: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy
Post: RE: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy

I have little to add about neuro-aesthetics, other than saying that I attended a talk by Vilayanur Ramachandran on neuro-aesthetics as it pertains to Indian art. The basic thesis of his talk was that...
karatalaamalaka Naturalism & Philosophy of Science 5 13,131 07-Aug-2013, 09:30 AM
    Thread: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy
Post: RE: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy

I have little to add about neuro-aesthetics, other than saying that I attended a talk by Vilayanur Ramachandran on neuro-aesthetics as it pertains to Indian art. The basic thesis of his talk was that...
karatalaamalaka Naturalism & Philosophy of Science 5 13,131 07-Aug-2013, 09:13 AM
    Thread: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy
Post: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy

I wanted to initiate a discussion about this post on LessWrong: http://lesswrong.com/lw/frp/train_philos...neman_not/ Quote:more Bayesian rationality, heuristics and biases, & debiasing, less in...
karatalaamalaka Naturalism & Philosophy of Science 5 13,131 04-Aug-2013, 03:42 PM
    Thread: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy
Post: LessWrong Recommendations for Philosophy

I wanted to initiate a discussion about this post on LessWrong: http://lesswrong.com/lw/frp/train_philos...neman_not/ Quote:more Bayesian rationality, heuristics and biases, & debiasing, less in...
karatalaamalaka Naturalism & Philosophy of Science 5 13,131 04-Aug-2013, 01:02 AM
    Thread: Philosophy of mathematics
Post: Philosophy of mathematics

Started this thread to continue on a discussion over at http://nirmukta.net/Thread-Why-negative-...05#pid6305 , that was turning out to be tangential to the topic. Kanad said Quote:Also, Mathematics ...
karatalaamalaka Natural Sciences & Mathematics 5 7,131 26-Apr-2013, 07:06 PM
    Thread: Richard Dawkins quote
Post: RE: Richard Dawkins quote

Let's assume for a moment that Richard Dawkins did indeed say that. (Sam Harris is guilty too, occasionally, in my opinion.) I'll risk sounding just like a Hindu-apologist, with the only difference be...
karatalaamalaka Hinduism 21 24,400 03-Feb-2013, 10:21 AM
    Thread: Initiating Young Freethinkers
Post: RE: Initiating Young Freethinkers

Oh yes, and do away with spelling bees and quizzes, and instead we should design games for children that reward logically sound arguments and penalize logical fallacies.
karatalaamalaka Parenting & Education 5 7,778 20-Jan-2013, 03:58 PM
    Thread: Science in India
Post: RE: Science in India

The journal Science has a great article on the current state of science in India. It paints a very optimistic picture of the present and the future: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6071/904.fu...
karatalaamalaka Natural Sciences & Mathematics 5 14,805 17-Jan-2013, 08:07 AM
    Thread: "Spiritual" Experiences
Post: RE: "Spiritual" Experiences

(20-Feb-2012, 08:14 PM)stupidseeker Wrote: I wonder if someone can elucidate the basis to such experiences and how Mr. vasudev manages to get his devotees into such states ?? One possibility: crowd...
karatalaamalaka Pseudoscience & Superstition 2 5,101 12-Nov-2012, 08:44 AM
    Thread: [Dump Thread] Javed Akhtar's stuff
Post: RE: [Dump Thread] Javed Akhtar's stuff

I think while someone may express more anti-Hindu views than anti-Muslim ones, it may purely be for reasons of expedience. There are two main reasons (along the lines of Nirmukta articles on this issu...
karatalaamalaka Freethought Arts 16 33,733 11-Nov-2012, 01:54 AM