Archive for the ‘Genius’ Category

This guy lends an aura to politics in India that (almost) no one has ever done before. An educated chap’s angle. He has a PhD and two master’s degrees, all earned in a span of 3 years, and all got by the age of 22!

I’ve read some of Shashi Tharoor’s books (and how many Indian politicians have BOOKS to their credit before they turn 60?), and kind of like him. He has (AT LEAST) an alternate angle. See this book. It is sheer genius.

Of course, his higher education has almost entirely been outside India, but this fellow is Indian. Fully Indian. He bungles in according himself to the “Indian idea” of politics, and in the resultant image. See Suresh Kalmadi, for example. We are soooo lucky to share the same era as Mr Kalmadi. Him, Sharad Pawar, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Jayalalithaa, Mayavathi, Karunanidhi, and so many others. We tolerate these thick-skins, but an honest guy who speaks his mind freely gets picked on. That’s Indian politics for you!

The Congress Party think-tank castrates this guy’s freedom of speech, since he is “not in sync.” He is often punished for speaking his mind. See here for a list of controversies the man is embroiled in…

But, isn’t that what democracy is all about? I mean, if someone who thought of walking the politician’s gamut cannot speak his mind, even in a jovial sense, then what exactly is “freedom”?

Who cares if he has married three times or thirty?! See this speech on TED.com. How many people in India, politicians or not, can speak like this? Judge for yourselves.


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This is brilliant!

We are all atheists about most of the Gods that humanity has ever believed in … some of us just go one God further.

See the video here.

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You and I are but images projected by the brain, and what is the brain? A complex chemical reaction!


VS Ramachandran is a world-renowned neuroscientist, specializing in cognitive neuroscience. He is considered one of the geniuses alive today, and has been conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Ramachandran is a latter-day Marco Polo, journeying the silk road of science to strange and exotic Cathays of the mind. He returns laden with phenomenological treasures…which, in his subtle and expert telling, yield more satisfying riches of scientific understanding. (Richard Dawkins )

I happened to catch this beautiful speech on TED.com … take a look.

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Oliver Sacks is famous for his novel Awakenings, which was adapted into a movie of the same name. He is a neurologist, and this is a great speech about hallucinations. Again from TED.com.

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