About vimoh

I play with words, make stuff up, and tell stories. I wrote Ravanayan. It's a comic book series. I get kicks out of learning new things.

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  • vimoh shared from The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
    If the biogerontologist Aubrey de Grey is correct in viewing aging as an engineering problem that admits of a full solution,19 being able to walk a mile on your hundredth birthday will not always constitute “health.” There may come a time when not being able to run a marathon at age five hundred will be considered a profound disability.
    Note: Interesting.
  • vimoh shared from The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris
    mistaking no answers in practice for no answers in principle is a great source of moral confusion.
    Note: An answer not being obtainable does not mean it does not exist.
  • vimoh shared from The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar
    Race is essentially a social construct, although initially it was claimed to be based on biology. Recent genetic studies have further invalidated this claim. It is therefore more correct to refer to ‘the Indo-Aryan speaking peoples’ than to ‘the Aryans’, although the latter term can be used as a shorthand. It is important to emphasize that it refers to a language group and not to race, and language groups can incorporate a variety of people.
    Note: From the horse's mouth.
  • vimoh shared from Makers Of Modern Orissa by J.K. Samal, P.K. Nayak
    Madhusudan Das and Fakir Mohan both were harassed by the criticism of the Bengalis. Although they rose to highest place by their extraordinary quality, they narrated the painful story of the Bengali supremacy which they had suffered in their young age.
    Note: Ye olde Odia Bengali conflict.
  • vimoh shared from Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Samir Okasha
    Suppose John believes that the sun will rise tomorrow and Jack believes it will not. They both accept the evidence that the sun has risen every day in the past. Intuitively, we want to say that John is rational and Jack isn’t, because the evidence makes John’s belief more probable. But if probability is simply a matter of subjective opinion, we cannot say this. All we can say is that John assigns a high probability to ‘the sun will rise tomorrow’ and Jack does not.
    Note: Probability.
  • vimoh shared from Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Samir Okasha
    Darwin’s theory could explain a very diverse range of facts about the living world, not just anatomical similarities between species. Each of these facts could be explained in other ways, as Darwin knew. But the theory of evolution explained all the facts in one go – that is what made it the best explanation of the data.
    Note: The simplest explanation.
  • vimoh shared from Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Samir Okasha
    The fact that the sun has risen every day up until now may not prove that it will rise tomorrow, but surely it gives us very good reason to think it will? If you came across someone who professed to be entirely agnostic about whether the sun will rise tomorrow or not, you would regard them as very strange indeed, if not irrational.
    Note: inductive logic has its limits... but...
  • vimoh shared from World After: Penryn and the End of Days Book Two by Susan Ee
    The bus lies on its side. I briefly wonder if it got tilted by one of the earthquakes that shook the world when the angels came, or if it was picked up and tossed by avenging angels when the Resistance hit their aerie.
    Note: penryn and the end of days
  • vimoh shared from A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5): Book 5 of a Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
    The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.”
    Note: you do not knowwhat is coming
  • vimoh shared from Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism by Rajiv Malhotra
    The biblical notions of gender differ from the dharmic notions very centrally: Eve is created from one of Adam's ribs, and this happens after Adam already exists by himself, i.e., woman was derived from man. A competing story in Genesis 1 has them created equally. The first human pair in Sanskrit narratives, Yama and Yami, were co-created as twins. Yami (female) had her own powerful identity which is not subservient to Yama (male). Shiva (masculine) and Shakti (feminine) are often depicted as co-dependent and inseparably intertwined; indeed, the entire cosmos is conceived of as Shakti, or female...
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