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How not to fight corruption

The Hindu reports: “Bangalore: H.T. Sangliana, Bharatiya Janata Party MP, on Saturday announced the setting up of an `Anti-Corruption Front’ to fight corruption, which, he said, was eroding public life and democracy.The former Commissioner of Police told presspersons here that…

Gracious Gurus and Super Stars

I was talking to Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad about various issues in the embodiment and enaction of knowledge. As we all know, western philosophy has a hard time acknowledging that knowledge is embodied — read this insightful if somewhat bloated book by Lakoff and…

IS and OUGHT revisited.

In the last few posts I have talked about the relationship between reason and emotion. What’s interesting is how the discovery of how things are, i.e., the domain of IS and the discovery of how we ought to act, the…

Reason and Emotions III: Thinking and Believing

Normally, we tend to think of beliefs as psychological states with dubious epistemic properties. Beliefs are conceptualized as unregulated conceptual structures, for the most part hypothetical and often fanciful or deluded. Thinking and reasoning on the other hand are seen…

Sacred Games

I just finished reading Vikram Chandra’s latest, Sacred Games. It took me all of four days, which for a nine hundred page novel, isnt bad. It is a gripping read, with all the trappings of a Bollywood Masala movie, with…

What’s wrong with this picture?

The New York Times reports: “Antiwar demonstrators pushed Buddhist monks from the stage of a peace rally Thursday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the government and Tamil rebels are fighting. The monks are against talks with the rebels.” Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I…

Reason and Emotions II

Lets continue this line of inquiry into the separation of reason and emotion. Intuitively speaking, whats the difference between rational inquiry and inquiry tainted by emotion? Most people would say something like “If you take a statement like 2+2 =…

Reflections on Emotion and Reason, part I

I was reading a transcript of Arindam Chakrabarti’s excellent lecture on the phenomenology of fun and boredom, in which he talks, briefly, about the truth and falsehood of emotions. Suppose you are really, really bored, in fact so bored that…