The World

“The beach reminds us of space. Fine sand grains, all more or less uniform in size, have been produced from the larger rocks through ages of jostling and rubbing, abrasion and erosion, again driven through waves and weather by distinct moon and Sun. The beach also reminds us of time. The world is much older…

Glasses

Just like we wear sunglasses to be able to see through scorching hot days, we have a variety of glasses that we use to adjust our sight, so it wouldn’t disturb our normal state. I realized that we reject anything that tries to change our state- if it’s too happy, we find a way to…

The Emotion Machine

In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. By examining these different forms of mind activity, Minsky says, we can explain why our thought…

The Rules of Contagion

The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread — and Why They Stop A deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population. A political movement gathers pace, and then quickly vanishes. An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever. We live in a world that’s more interconnected than ever before. Our lives are shaped by…

Nine

Shivers shoot down my spine, how we lost count of time. Fingers tracing fine lines- stumbling to the edge, I tumble out of bed at nine. Two humans flawed by design, error is indeed divine. I resign myself to the fact that I am destined to lose sleep over you, and never wake up to…

To Be or Not To Be?

Everything, including us, is subject to change. This is the intrinsic characteristic of Nature. One of the characteristics which changes is human behavior, in response to the circumstances and need of the situation. One can expand it starting from the need of a newborn child to the requirement of a grown-up person in the surroundings…

Unified Coherence Vs Divisive Divergence

Every human being is possessive in nature. The feeling of this is mine, that is mine, it belongs to me, I inherited this, etc. is very common and cannot be avoided. But, when we translate this human feeling to worldly things and human relations or associations, an element of individual encirclement automatically comes about. Thus,…

Xeno

The smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers. It can be a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod or a shared laugh about some odd coincidence. Moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone. Coined in 2012 by John Koenig…

The Order of the Day

Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is…

Fear

Fear, it’s so distant- it’s near. It’s hard to explain except to say, when you think it’s farthest away, you find it here. Fear, it’s so consuming- it’s nothing. It eats up all of your hope, till you are nothing but a shadow, you are only left with it. Fear, it’s so paralyzing- it’s moving….

9 Random Facts About Human Behavior

Sadness increases the urge to sleep more. The happier you are, less sleep is required for the functioning of an individual in everyday life. If someone cries on little things, he/she is innocent and soft-hearted. Being ignored by someone whose attention means the world to you creates the worst feeling. Having someone ask you “are…

Women’s Rights- No dole or concession!

Yes, I say why at all “give” rights to women? And rights for what? Have the women not been doing their kitchen chores for centuries? Have they not been cleaning up the house and preparing food for the entire household? Have they not done everything at the beck and call of the male members? Have…

Is Living an Art or Science?

We hear more often the terms like the art of living, spiritual living, living for the present, purposeful living, and so many other terms attached to living. So the question arises as to what is living? All of us live, with or without the above terms. Adding some adjectives to life does not mean that…

The Dreaming Reality

Chuang Tzu, ancient Chinese Taoist, once experienced a dream in which he was a butterfly fluttering to and fro. In the dream he had no awareness of his individuality as a person; he was simply a butterfly. Suddenly, he awoke and found that once again he was a human laying in bed. But then he thought to…