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Connecting the Dots

May 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Traversing the thin meandering paths between our wants and needs in life may be a very demanding journey, but it is just as necessary. We cannot choose not to take it, we can only choose when we do. While our ‘wants’ make themselves obvious, it’s the hidden ‘needs’ that usually forge the paths that our lives take and although some of us are blessed with knowing what we need, the rest of us are destined to stumble our way to it. Do we really need to stumble or have we missed clues that were placed along the way?

 

Penthrall: Connecting the Dots

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The Abyss behind the Screen

April 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

In 1974 Robert Nozick proposed a thought experiment in which he presented the following question: If you could have a machine that could give you any kind of experience that you desire, would you then prefer the machine to real life? At that time a majority of the people who participated in the experiment answered “No”. If you were one of them what would you answer?

 

Image Courtesy: Rutger Tuller

Image Courtesy: Rutger Tuller

The Changing Constant

March 18, 2015 at 11:46 am

Of the many unique relationships that man nurtures with objects and ideas, the one he has with time is the most puzzling and enchanting. Unlike the rest of the inhabitants of the planet, we believe we can manipulate time. We can alter perceptions of the past or plan futures. We have even gone as far as to reflect on our time after death. How far have we taken this manipulation and do we really understand what we are manipulating?

Time on a Pedestal. Image Courtesy: Hartwig HKD

Time on a Pedestal. Image Courtesy: Hartwig HKD

A Life Uninhabited

February 18, 2015 at 11:24 am

“While we speak, envious time will have already fled; seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next day.” From the Roman poet, Horace’s Carpe Diem to the Canadian rapper, Drake’s YOLO, we have ingested many versions of “You only live once”. But do we really live only one life or does our resistance against being given just one, make us live many inside of it?

 

Multitasking Gods: Image courtesy Steve Jurvetson

Multitasking Gods : Image courtesy Steve Jurvetson

The Beauty Denominator

February 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Though it is seldom acknowledged as one, Beauty is a Power. Over 50000 years ago, man changed his relationship with beauty forever, from one of awe and worship to one that is a product of our innovation. How has this change transformed us?

 

Beauty Denomnator Penthrall

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