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"Treason of Reason". I try to find out the reasons of my discomfort and I try to pen down a few thoughts. That's how I have started writing blogs...

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

The precision of the inverse square law of the gravity

The precision of the inverse square law of the gravity

Just how precise and correct is the inverse square law of gravity. I mean everyone who has heard about it knows that every mass attracts every other by certain force. And so Earth pulls the objects in its vicinity such as a satellite (or an apple) towards it. Thats gravity. But those who practice at least some form of gravity on their education or in their profession know the fact that its an inverse square law. That is, the force becomes as weaker as the square of the distance between the earth and the object. This is called inverse square law therefore. And if you know another fact about gravity, its that, gravity is a so called central force. That is earth will always try to pull you towards its center. (then why the airplanes that crash, fly off in random directions and end up anywhere. ) And so will any mass that will apply its gravity on another, it will pull the object towards its center. And this is different from another kind of force where the forces are directed away from the center. These guys such as a nuclear object, knows how to pull but misses the central direction, why, why is personal, there might not be any answer to that)

So Gravity is a central and inverse square law of force. How is that related to the precision with which we know that its inverse squared and central. I often find it very aching when I rotate on my chair. I get a head ache if I rotate very fast, even from just a couple of rotation. I realize that when we are sitting on the earth we are rotating on a wheel chair which is moving like 30 kilo met ps around the sun. If Sun were to keep the precision of a central force for the objects on earth such as we then we wouldn't feel a thing while rotating like that. And we dont. But rotating a few met ps on a chair we feel a great deal of turbulence. And if we were to know the precision of central force we wouldn't feel a thing. So our precision which is hardly the disturbance of a little fluid in side our head which would be as large as only a head of our size , at the maximum, is quite small compared to the precision of the Sun which is taking the earth on a scary merry go round. If we can measure the tiny force that is responsible for causing a little head ache because all the fluid in the head is moving then we would know how precise we are with a central force. And do we know a way for it. Also to know the precision of a inverse square law we could place a container with fluid and measure the forces on the empire state building and we would know the difference on the ground.

Why is God so venerable

God must be a sucking architect if he created Universe. I mean where is the living room, just the planet earth. And where do we poof. In the living room. And where do we study and sleep, in the living room. Where a scientist like me finds such an idea for a living room, a joke, Religion would find it brilliant. See, He is a great creator and architect, Its the best studio apartment in the whole Universe, Planet Earth. So religion is a manipulation, where as science is showing a path never known before..I mean Science is like hello we know how to Google the Universe. Religion is like we lost the key to our Universe, But, He, who is God, takes care of it. But given that the unusual rash ways of science, howsoever endearing they may be, they are just to be adored and respected. But the unattended mind usually choose to follow. Thats the triumph of Religion, not God. Thats not the failure of science. Its not either a limitation, Its an exit. Hello, you wanna pull out to Sanity Ville or be enchanted and enamored in the feelings of religious God.

And if, scientists do not sound to be quite sane to you, its only because they are so restrained in their thoughts that they may usually laugh themselves out rather than explain because that would take the sanity out of them. They will perspire a life times sweat. But to enchant you and to make you a bondage of religious God that is the power of the Pope, Saint Vincent, and a religious doctrine monger. Like one who says Science explains but Religion interprets. Whoaaa. And why religion cant explain. Because there is no reason. And reason is an enemy of faith. Science does the interpretation first before the explanation. And explanation is not necessary if the interpretation is wrong. See where I am going.

And also God must be a sucking terrorist. He created a Universe by exploding a Macadamia Nut. So we must convert him into an acceptable unquestionable form of reverence that transcends human beings instinct to query because it throws doctrines into a pool of unsavory pathogenic gel from where only a Saint would try to rescue it. I have reverence for such a saintly persona, in direct conflict with my verbal irreverence. And I have verbal irreverence for such an idiot in direct conflict with his saintly persona.

A warring dilemma in my mind in conceiving the pain of being a scientist.

Given my attitude of expressing my inability to write more than I do, which can be overbearing on my unconscious ways of gaining a reputation that I can write a humongous amount on just about anything I have come across, which bounds to infinite, its only a matter of time that I gain a focus and make myself cozy enough to write and just write and forget that I might have another business to attend to. But I have also realized that there may not be enough of anything pressing at the time and that brings certain amount of feel good to my mind to embark onto writing my mind. In the alternate scenario I can not sit at any one place let alone think of involving something as thought and time consuming as writing.

And despite of my popularity of being a focused thinker, which may strike with as much impunity, as is needed for me to set my goal on writing my next blog, still, I take time to think. And I take time to think before I embark onto my next article because someone's thought may be lurking at my own existence and this may easily run into tons of people in my mind-scape. This preoccupation may not allow me enough of free will to exercise my judgment to write my own mind. My purpose is often not to talk about myself as may sound from the outset because of the loose ends and half tones you may find in what I say. My purpose is to make it clear an I do so by allowing myself to review. This is possible if I can find the time and will to do so again and I do.

One may jump his gun and say this is preposterous how this may be called any suitable use of ones time. I would rather continue doing this, that is continue to be preposterous and frivolous than take up somebody's ill-found doubts about somebody's else's judgment in utilizing his time. I say so based on the reasoning that its not possible to find so much time to judge on another persons use of time. I think this reasoning might have gained some reputation for me to be a bit self willed and self absorbed.

And some foxy and pep reviewers would advise me that this better fit into a habit of keeping a journal or diary of yourself. But I put this habit of mine to sit back and write into rather a very necessary meditation for an unusual person like me, more than Yoga. Yes, Yoga is physical but unproven albeit widely and unquestionably followed. I think, Yoga is not very proven to be scientific whereas writing as a physical and spiritual exercise where the mind is a little bit more dominant is a good way of meditation at least for the mind and as far as mind influences the physical body positively, for the physical body as well.

I may confer that reading and watching something in motion as serene as an isolated patch of nature are as well good ways of meditation for the mind and body. Have you ever seen a spring in the midst of a forest quite far away from civilization? Isn't it peaceful and serene as it fills our mind with an awe unmatched to any other thrill we know?

So writing is a meditation. You may say so is Yoga. I am a bit less a fan of Yoga, because I agree I am a self confessing anti cosmopolitan. I would much rather enjoy my bout of sports activities and sweat myself so that I would inspire myself to take a shower. Given that this is something I have been unable to enjoy in a rather long spell of time (no not the shower, the sports) I am onto other felonies of modern life.

I enjoy a time of solitude and think about how it inspires me to discover my wild side. I also enjoy it to put myself into a session of mindful pleasure of self imagination. You may call it self gratification but I am no saint Vincent who proclaims himself to be scientific both at the same time. I believe you will rather appreciate that I am a scientist and I do not claim myself to be a saint.

I may be a saint if you understand the meaning of being a scientist, not a saint Vincent who goes up onto TV, captures a great deal of wealth and lives a hidden life. The Voyeurism of-course puts him into the category of Ron Jeremy. But that's the advantage of being a saint Vincent. It gives him the pleasure of a hidden desire. Possibly of all human beings to get appreciated in the involvement of that act without at the same time knowing that he has been caught. You know what I mean.

I am writing a piece of essay on the dilemma in my mind and one advance alien civilization has a camera where they can capture my imagination far away from where I am sitting and even broadcast among the alien elites and giggle about it while enjoying their pungent smelling beer. Their beer is called anti Corona by the way, in my wild imagination. And can the aliens be involved in the act of Voyeurism against humanity? May be we ask Hawking.

If you ask me though I would discourse on an unproven theory of Quantum Mechanics where our imagination is a wave function and gets transmitted like a wave and gets caught by the aliens by their Hubble like telescope which converts such signal into a Xray video clip. But then given their sense of reality which has no connection with our intelligence and understanding we may not realize what we are looking at even if they send us one of their DVD via Netflix.

So my pain of being doesn't necessarily involve human civilizations affairs and trials and tribulations on planet earth. It also constitutes a pain of being in being a mind per se. This mind resembles a physical human much less comparable to aliens than the earthlings. A mind which moves unbounded between the head (this time the skull) and the limbs. A mind which is supreme in any standard to be involved in the acts of human tendency but sprinkles the imagination of a regular human with all desires thinkable (and add 7 more for each day of the week). The pain of being therefore is a physical pain as similar as anyone humans but understood and realized completely differently. A pain which carries in it the notion of hope like it would carry a notion of despair.

To focus more on the purpose of telling you how then such a pain directs us towards the dilemma that connects to the doubts and uncertainties of science and how at all this can be called science is a purpose worth pondering. I do not have an answer as of now.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Who needs a Science war.

Wars often do not bother me because I have never known one let alone participate in one. But they are a reality. Arent they. We get to hear about them on our TV and news media. But who cares, we do not prepare ourselves for the next morning because there is a war.

And I guess even in World War I, II life was normal. How else we survive so much and know so much about the wars themselves. In some sense the terrorist attacks are more ghastly than the wars. The war is so formal and we are prepared about it with defense line ups made to retaliate at the very moment there is a fear of strike.

But with terrorism its all bizarre, in just a moment of ill fate, everything is gone. We did not know or knew that we know but could not stop, such an attack. So call these Jehadi wars or wars without an enemy. The enemy is often an administration or Governmental organization marked by their color or racial identity, or even ideological identity , not the innocent civilian. The latter is only a bait. So here is a war which is lethal but targets the unsuspected because the real enemy is faceless.

Enough about the character of wars. What about science wars. I never participated in one. But this so sound like one I would rather participate. It would be fun.

Actually science is such a misnomer. Exploration of knowledge. If it were really so we would hardly see any knowledge being explored. Because knowledge can never be explored. Can you really explore something which is so out of your own limits that you would rather go bungee jumping.

Science is beyond our limits but a feel about it starts to pour in, once we get experienced with its ways and that takes like a decade. And then more is needed before it vanishes like a charm lost to a tornado. And most of the heroes of knowledge or science continued looking for their own charm and another decade passed before they realized charm can not be recovered fully. It was just a youthful demeanor. It better be lost if we are to live any peace.

If so little is possible with 2 or 3 decades that we are hardly left to go to any war let alone one of verbal epithets how can we indulge in one science war. If science itself can be a misnomer then so called science war is a mythical video game. It just happens in our imagination. Then in the exchange of imaginative canons and bullets and stingers we are just indulging in self gratification.

And if it turns out to generate some mental heat name it a science war. I think thats the whole basis of a new phenomena called science wars. It had a value more of an epistemological connection with those who do not understand you so that you can call them Kaffirs and they can retort back at you with their non-knowledge of your knowledge and name it a war.

Call it a spoof, but in the fun of things we have started igniting each other. So its all a fun game. Didn't I promise so. Its fun, seriously fun. But in modern times its just a phenomena of human tendency. If the internet is not invented and we live nearby we celebrate every leap year by throwing stones at each other. We need a reason for that and in the absence of a reason call it a special reason. Now that internet is invented we can happily do anything we want to without invading anyones personal space in a physical way. But we can throw many stones at each other once we know what some one can be ascribed for in his mind.

We had civil wars and then we had world wars. Matter got out of hand and then we all focused on our life. Then it was cold war. A simmering feeling of animosity that many feared would lead to a war. But actually many people spearheaded the world out of the danger of a cold war. What a contribution to peace of the world. You know cold war can lead to another hard hitting war. Really. So your cold ice-cream can lead your gas burner to catch fire. Thank God you dont wear cold pajamas.

I mean just how foolish we can be. But our propensity to go to war or more appropriately to call even a verbal duel a war did not let us sleep in peace. So we invented the science war. Ofcousre we also invented the star wars which is more respectable given its a glaring example of our unlimited imagination.

But science war being the kind of imagination that make even geeks look like pale masturbators of uninformed verbal junkies has a special place whether in a dictionary or wikipedia. It does not constitute any war. It does not constitute any science either.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Do I believe in democracy

Do I believe in democracy? (With some gossip)

Democracy is a system of governance, which took over from the Kings. But actually it took over from all forms of Royal authority. The latter can also be often called a feudalist system. It was a way of society for millennia or more. Of-course there is no way we can revert this present day system of governance despite of the fact that there could have been many dark alleys in this system which are worse than what was with the Royal system. 

But I am not here to advocate for the royal system. I have not lived any royal system of governance. So my feelings would be what I could ascribe to imaginative influence of stories and movies, theater, drama and so on.

But my feelings about democracy are the ones that can be ascribed to how our system behaves when we say we all are responsible towards forming our rules and policies. Given that I have come across many different systems of governance in day today life, and as I have tried to understand the people behavior in such systems, I am of the opinion that democracy is not a system of governance that will ever lead to an equitability of the basic civil needs of many communities.

If these 3rd world communities are tied to the horsepower of the advanced countries in some way, the latter is often fettered by the lack of true understanding of the cause of such poverty. 

One of the basic failures of the American or Indian democracy can be realized from the few facts of opinion I give here. 

The American policies are often an example of poor understanding of world affairs. But the paranoid response is to formulate arm-twisting. If it worked for a decade, so far so good. Now invent another trick. Bullying, yes, that’s the oldest one as far back as the early of the atomic era or precisely from the time of the Nuclear Bombs use.

If one trick fails there is always one more up the sleeve, it’s called diplomatic wallet, and in each of these, the policies must reflect a deep understanding of international affairs and dynamics. 

But the real reason why many such policies fail is the fact that there is no true underlying sympathy or human concern in applying these principles.

Even if such policies are often formulated by great deal of insights or vision when it comes to implementation, there are these usual foxes that take care of the rowdy aliens. One glaring example is the homeland security. Everything that we do not like about the alien must come under the purview of homeland security. 

How about understanding the fact that the world already changed their impression about the goodies of the USA. This is no more a place, which treats everyone equally. Whether that’s because of an attack on the conscience, coming from the external world of terror or something that had been happening around the world and the USA is not out of the bounds of this world needs some deeper introspection. 

Actually the USA needs to forego that repute of the land incredible... opportunities incredible. Because in its fear of the worlds rise, it has lost its sleep, gone through insecurities, which now it does not understand how to take care.

I am always hopeful as it’s in the world’s interest to preserve that status of world power and land of freedom but the world doesn't forego. 

The world doesn't create its order out of obligation to Barack Obamas call nor can Barack Obama procure such an order from Natures lap because it got this illuminati appeal.

I am for one not a believer that worlds top leaders can be a member of such esoteric clans, but who knows where the secret inspirations come from. For another thing Nature didn't make an amendment to its thermodynamics principles in a really really long time. But the chance that it will do so is feeble. As feeble as the noisy dots on your TV screen when everything is quite clear.

Now, look at the failures of Indian democracy. The first failure started when the Indians went for the so-called freedom struggle. A struggle that continued for a century. They struggled to not understand the fact that most of the material development and some reasonable spiritual and conscience development did come from mainly the British. But that was so because the Brits dwelled in the lime light for like only 2 centuries.

And that saw most of the modern growth of today’s India, so visible, that to counteract such a fact one has to resort to pure hooliganism or impure logic. There is just no way we would be even where we are today.

If it were only the politically minded citizen that would refuse to see the grain of truth it was going to be fine. But with adulteration of history with untruths and power controlling of the production and distribution of history and to patently block history of India of non-Indian origin with a fear of the same origin that saw us to struggle and declare our independence has blocked the judgment of the most educated in this country. 

That’s why, secretly, many years ago I wished every Indian at least get one chance to move out of the bounds of their own country and to get that cherished education that would redeem at least some Indians of the falsity and faults of history, or need I say more, unhistory.

That time reached primarily because of many reasons happening at the same time, not just because the westerner immediately became enticed by the prospect of having the Indian, irrespective of the latter’s blatant lack of respect for each other, let alone a person of another culture or community. 

But so suave these folks are for a while, that they will make the best of the best look fool. The inherent dogged greed to enjoy the merry of another country, to enjoy, and to show proclivity towards what brings one profit are the priorities that made these suave folks in possession of the same problem that I wished were redeemed.

But it’s not entirely because of a mindset of the Indians. 

I have seen and I do not see any reason why I should not share this is the fact that the so-called westerner enjoys to entertain the falsities of the Indian as long as the Indian knows how to please. Because the Indian is often brilliant or mostly bright, comes with new ideas pretty quickly and knows how to be disrespectful towards another Indian and knows how to be respectful towards even the not even westerner it all adds a charm to his ways to become successful. 

Am I sounding too cynical? Sorry I am just telling you stuff as I have seen them. If the fact that some ones hair is brown sounds cynical to you or even inappropriate, sorry.

Now that the Indian has the charm and the temporary success and he is also contributing greatly towards the success of the westerner where is the problem? What’s the big hue and cry about outsourcing? What’s with the smell of the curry and the pooping with tissue paper in your mouth? It all adds to incredible India.

But I just hit 2 points if you observed. If we are so good to each other why we dispel each other from our psyches. Or do we? We cannot stay together but we need each other. Doesn't Independence Day sound like a divorce drama now? 

I mean look at how many people from our shores are living abroad for like decades and even generations. And this number is into millions and in every corner of the world. Did I say it’s a bad thing? No. I mean our great father Gandhi Jee lived sizable amount of his life abroad. How was it possible back then in a not an independent India? 

And the fact is that he did, why was he so desperate about not wearing western clothes. God I would have liked him in jeans with a Kuch Kuch hota hai on his lips. Or may be he could have told us more about how to seduce a firangi lady.

Nah it was Nehru’s flamboyancy that worked wonders. Lord Mount batten was clueless about the power the real Indian possessed. But Gandhi, he was just happy with his Sabarmati ladies. 

And what were we to learn from history? To go Indian ladies in the tunes of Bhagbad Geeta or something. God! Release us from the fetters of our psychopathic ways. Please let us learn some blues or hip-hop. 

No, it will never happen. We will always have the Baba Sehgals and Stereo Nations. But God does that give us a pleasure, yes it does, more than Rabi Shankar or ...

But we are elated when we get the approval from the westerners. 

One time in Chicago airport one white lady was way too proactive in telling me she saw the movie Monsoon wedding, probably before making sure, I care or not. But God, I was flamboyant and I reciprocated like a true American, I said glad you enjoyed it. I did not mind I was 10 minutes late.

In another great democracy half way across the globe, the lady at the immigration counter made me simmer my agony inside for half an hour because she continued asking me every detail, how to go to US?, how TOEFL is taken?, How GRE is taken?, how admission is obtained ? and so on.

I guess two reasons, either I am handsome or she could not resist or she has a younger brother who she wants to send to US and she could not find any other way t o extract this info rather than to make someone wait for half an hour when he is flying. 

The typical American in me voiced she is a bitch, just get going. The typical Indian like me would interpret what an emotional story line for another great Indian movie.

I do not know any more than the above about democracy so I told you my favorite airport stories.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Internet is a brilliant tool in the hand of man, Internet killed the TV star.

Internet was invented in the last two decades. It was envisioned and realized in the high energy physics labs. But its scope of transferring data from one node to another or between computers that were geographically restricted to a small scale of space, where the satellites were not used to redirect the signals has undergone unprecedented metamorphosis. I mean from where one could only send some information across to virtually all of human existence, that's one big leap in a matter of two decades.

The revolution of internet is comparable to the classic industrialization and even renaissance. With the massive commercialization that opened its doors to the internet you not only purchase your air ticket or your lovers favorite lingerie, you can order Pizza over the internet. If times will be nicer you can order your morning idli and tea from the comforts of your living room.

When and if airfare will be mind cloggingly expensive you may drop your plans for a business trip and give your presentation from your office. Yea, its happening already and we use video conference so much, but only as an option, not the only option. Of-course it does not give us the pleasure of physical travel, but think of the old man who can not travel much or the financially constrained who needs to make that video connection because he can not have his immigration documents in time.

Talking about immigration documents what happens if there is a war. Can all sorts of communication be influenced including the internet communication itself. I am thinking, if the possibility of all future wars has become a myth given the tremendous mobility of information and knowledge which wasn't possible even 2 decades ago. With this advancement of communication whats only in sight as a valid factor to the possibility of a future war is the so called propensity of human civilization itself, to go into war. But what I am hinting here is the fact that the tremendous mobility of information and communication itself can avert wars to the point where any war happening just for the sake of happening, out of human beings need to imagine it happening is a rare thought.

If wars do not happen there is no need to stop oneself from physically traveling. But a war can stop all modes of communication including the internet although the internet is more controlled by the Governmental misdirections, eg the recent Wiki-leak event and ban on Skype and Google. War or no war there always will be civil strife. And in times of such strife I conjecture that the most effective means of communication from one community to another will be internet. Although such a robust and sophisticated internet system is yet to take birth. If we compare present day internet with the infant internet, the one that was borne in CERN, as we are told, then the internet I am envisaging is the one that is to be compared to the present day internet and the present day internet will look as an infant to this future internet.

So in this future version we will have no other communication media, everything will be internet. And if that happens you can easily say internet killed the TV star. Your TV, radio, newspaper everything will be replaced by a machine. Well such an internet may not come in just 2 decades. But if some of the best inventions yet to be realized but waiting at some corner of the world to come to life , which can not happen if unexpected wars, strife and calamities happen, then that can only accelerate such unification of the world media and communication systems. And it will be for the good.

We do not know as of now, but given the trends of recent times in the next two decades we might have internet replacing our watchmen and burglar alarms. If an American is sleeping and he has outsourced his video surveillance system someone working here in India or Indonesia may give a safe wake call. If he has forgotten to deactivate that video ss and is walking on his park instead, the caller from India can recognize this from some intelligent message from the system and say “ hello happy hanuka.. ”

So there is massive amount of information today running across the globe to reach anyone divided by the great geography of planet earth. Almost all of the business is done by some sort of tooling from the internet. At some level the internet is involved for any business transaction. And its only wise and smart to do so. If you convert everything you have into some sort of electronic form without losing the quality or quantity you are only doing yourselves a favor.

Of-course this may also produce a massive amount of junk and simultaneously you have to keep the paper copy. I am a fan of the storage technology but more so the antique looks of libraries and storing places. When I will have my house I will have a special room for saving garbage. Another special room will be for saving books and expensive stuff. The fact that I have a garbage room will remind me that garbage is always produced in any process that needs to be kept and recycled and my garbage will help me remember that I can make a search and find something if needed no matter how difficult.

I may continue to think about many more brilliant applications of the internet today, that has fundamental significance for the future of internet technology. But this will probably need another session of motivated thinking. And right-now I must go to bed..