Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy is never too far from physics. It is in their overlap that I expect breakthroughs.

Binding Books

When I was about 15, oh so long ago now, I had this crazy hobby of book binding, which is like the process of turning a paperback into a hardcover, or adding a hardcover to an exercise book. With the mild OCD that I have, I do get a bit carried away with such things, and no books around me or in my dad’s collection were spared. I collaborated with a local printing press to access their cutting machine and local stationery stores to research on various techniques and acquire supplies. My crowning moment was when I did a “full-calico” binding on a rather useless book that my dad had recently purchased.
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When Your Child is as Big as You

My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “you,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically well in Malayalam. Saya teringatkan mutiara kebijaksanaan ibu ini baru-baru ini ketika saya menonton filem bersama anak saya,,en,keibubapaan,,en,Percanggahan,,en,Hidup ini penuh dengan percanggahan,,en,Saya menghadiri retret penyelidikan mengenai amalan perhatian dan kontemplatif di tempat yang indah,,en,Institut Garrison,,en,Saya belajar banyak perkara menarik,,en,dan berjumpa dengan banyak,,en,berfikiran seperti dan orang yang cemerlang,,en,jenis orang dengan siapa saya dapat berbual mendalam mengenai hakikat realiti yang tidak nyata,,en,tidak seperti kebanyakan orang dari lapisan masyarakat yang lain dengan sopan dan bijaksana meminta maaf apabila saya agak tidak nyata,,en,kematian,,en,bertafakur,,en,Pengalaman Instruksional,,en,Saya baru sahaja tamat penggal pertama sebagai profesor di Universiti Pengurusan Singapura,,en,Saya mengajar kursus sarjana yang dipanggil Komputer sebagai Alat Analisis,,en.

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Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. It is almost time.

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Interpretation of Special Relativity

When we looked at Quantum Mechanics, we talked about its various interpretations. The reason we have such interpretations, I said, is that QM deals with a reality that we have no access to, through our sensory and perceptual apparatuses. On the other hand, Special Relativity is about macro objects in motion, and we have no problem imagining such things. So why would we need to have an interpretation? The answer is a subtle one.
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