Entropy: The Grim Reaper

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Entropy

Order reigned supreme
O’er yonder big fireworks
Disorder crept in gently
a shadow that lurks

Shore up ye human
For the shadow grows long
Savor the precious moment
You get to sing along

There is no escape
From its vice-like hold
You got no choice but to
Accept, truth be told!

Order to disarray
Is a one-way street
Enjoy the ride
For death, you shall meet

Ultimate heat death hither
Is a fate destined to all
Entropy the grim reaper
Penumbra that eats…


Ideas To Avoid Extinction

Epiphany


The Meandering Journey Of Photons

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In two previous posts, we saw the emergence of radicals naturally — with examples from Economics and Game Theory. In this third installment of the series, let’s see how they emerge in stochastic (or random) processes in nature. The star of this show is a photon — the emergence of low-entropy infra-red photons responsible for all life on planet earth.

We Didn’t Build That!


Voting Power: Packing A Punch

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Radicals pop up in unusual places. In a previous post, we saw how they emerge to maximize Utility. In this post, let’s explore Voting Power.

Voting Power

The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have — John Lewis

Power Vs Right

Voting power differs from voting right. The former measures the punch a single vote packs, whereas the latter determines if a vote…


Developing an Intuition for Radicals

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Radicals

The word radical is overloaded in the vernacular probably because it is important. Catchy as the title may appear, our concern is math radicals! Pun aside, they are a mathematical construct — a product of the human mind. Their serendipitous emergence in natural laws is a curious fact. Is that coincidence?

It can’t be. Unlike the appearance of faces in clouds, they track reality and hold predictive power. They appear in diverse pursuits of inquiry such as Physics, Engineering, Economics, Game Theory, Biology, and Political Science. Is there a unifying theme that underlies their emergence?

In a series of posts…


Psychology of Animal Behavior: Part 3 of 4

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The Nature Of Knowledge

In fact, most of the ideas we have about the world and our civilization we have learned so that we are who we are in good measure because of what we have learned and what we remember — Eric R. Kandel, Dec 8, 2000

Mirror


Biological basis of Memory and Learning: Part 2 of 4

This is part two in the series. Part one is linked above. The scientific basis of human behavior as revealed by genomics and neuroscience is worth exploring.

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Interconnected


What drives human behavior, nature or nurture?: Part 1 of 4

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This story is the convergence of two opposing lines of inquiry. One is introspective, gazing inward into the mind, and the other gazing outward into nature. Both lead to the discovery of a profound truth about animal behavior. I was inspired to write as I listened to this podcast.

  1. Nature’s crafting of animal behavior.
  2. Science catching up with Buddha’s original ideas.
  3. Breaking patterns detrimental to human well-being.

Gautama Buddha went against the grain of evolutionary animal behavior toward enlightenment by incisive introspection. Over two millennia later, Charles Darwin discovered evolution by natural selection and laid the scientific groundwork for animal…


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As π goes, so goes a circle

π is ubiquitous both in mathematics and physics. Its appearance in some contexts are intuitive to grasp. Others require intellectual contortion, a mind-bending that defies all intuition. Wherever π appears, a circle is always hiding, to be discovered irrespective of one’s intuition! Let us get started slicing π, and explore a few astonishing cases.

The Circle


What do Quasars, Corals, and Rocks have in common?

The question may seem odd. Many happy coincidences from seemingly unrelated fields have led to scientific breakthroughs in the recent past. They have helped solve puzzles that broaden our understanding of nature. One fascinating story involves quasars, deep-sea corals, and ancient rocks! First, it requires understanding long time-horizon phenomena unfolding in epistemic contrast to what humans can comprehend with our quirks, beliefs, and all.

Human Quirks

House of Mirrors at the Garden of Unearthly Delights: Photo Credits to Jesse Neill

Perception Is Not Reality

Objective reality is how the universe is. Perception is our subjective experience of it — how it seems. This distance separating perception and reality is a curious…

Dr. VK

Physicist | Poetic Naturalist | Philosophy, Science & Tech, Culture, Humanism, Mindfulness | @higgsmass

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