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The Rational Reasons to Think Irrationally

StatsCan released a report a few months ago which highlighted something I found very interesting. While Toronto is considered the safest city in Canada, Torontonians feel it is one of the most dangerous. Human beings care more about feeling safe than they do about being safe. This problem alone emphasizes a larger point about our inclination towards irrationality; a danger that prevents one from making objectively … Continue reading The Rational Reasons to Think Irrationally

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You’re Probably Misusing the Term ‘Subjective’

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend about an album or a TV show/movie and while discussing your opinions, perhaps even debating, one of you exclaims to the other that ‘it’s subjective’, as in, it is too difficult or perhaps inconsequential to be discussing art at all because art can only be perceived subjectively? This is shorthand for saying ‘we’re all entitled to … Continue reading You’re Probably Misusing the Term ‘Subjective’

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Why I Stopped Writing the ‘Story of My Life’

I recently read that often when we say that we are self-conscious, what we mean is that we are conscious of the fact that others are conscious of us (V.S. Ramachandran). It was Harris who elucidated one of the most beautiful expositions of the importance of film that I have ever heard: “The experience of sitting in a darkened theater and seeing people interact with … Continue reading Why I Stopped Writing the ‘Story of My Life’

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The Case for Secular Hinduism

What do Hindus believe? The very question itself cannot be answered without disputation. The only conclusion we can aptly make about Hinduism is that it’s far from a monolith. There isn’t even such a thing as mainstream Hinduism. Is the faith polytheistic? Is it monotheistic? Is it pantheistic (only using the epithet of ‘God’ to convey the inexplicable grandeur of the universe)? There is no … Continue reading The Case for Secular Hinduism

To Miss a Place Unfamiliar

I remember watching a Russel Peters interview when I was a kid. He talked about his upbringing in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, the place of my birth. Russel is an Anglo-Indian, speaking of his firmly ‘outsider’ perspective. This elucidation put into words the feelings I’ve had for years. Throughout most of my own upbringing, I consistently felt that while I held membership to larger communities and … Continue reading To Miss a Place Unfamiliar

This artist’s impression shows how Mars may have looked about four billion years ago. The young planet Mars would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 140 metres deep, but it is more likely that the liquid would have pooled to form an ocean occupying almost half of Mars’s northern hemisphere, and in some regions reaching depths greater than 1.6 kilometres.

Why We Stopped Space Travel (and Why It’s So Hard to Pick it Back Up)

If you’ve heard the news about SpaceX, you know Musk’s ambitions are proving to be, well, ambitious. Recently, President Obama published an op-ed on CNN calling for not only travel to Mars, but the eventual settlement of our civilization on the planet as well. CEO Elon Musk would naturally be ecstatic about this presidential decree, considering that only two weeks prior to the President writing … Continue reading Why We Stopped Space Travel (and Why It’s So Hard to Pick it Back Up)

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on His Use of ‘Daesh’

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: I heard that your government has decided to refer to the group known as ISIS as ‘Daesh’ to avoid qualifying them as ‘Islamic’. I don’t know if anyone in your impressively diverse cabinet speaks Arabic, but I regret to inform you that this new tactic to delegitimize ISIS is wholly ineffectual – the reason being that Daesh is effectively the acronym … Continue reading Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on His Use of ‘Daesh’