intellectual property rights protect: science and innovation or global north’s greed?

The latest development where the global north has quite blatantly come out with its classic moralism and blocked a plea led by India and South Africa to waive off patent rights for COVID vaccine production. And, India is one of the largest exporters of vaccines and generic drugs in the world — it has theContinue reading “intellectual property rights protect: science and innovation or global north’s greed?”

on the origins of social inequality

Here’s an article by anthropologist David Graeber and archaeologist David Wengrow shedding light (archaeological evidences and studies left out from the mainstream) on some notions widely held in the social sciences and the popular metasphere regarding the emergence of hierarchical structures in “complex” hunter-gatherers societies. They challenge the contemporary idea that to form an egalitarianContinue reading “on the origins of social inequality”

why do we do things just like that?

In this article David Graeber talks about our innate tendencies to seek pleasure. (Also, this is where he, quite rightly, refers to Richard Dawkins as a militant atheist.) Here’s an excerpt from the article: “My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watchingContinue reading “why do we do things just like that?”

academic posters in mathematical physics

I wrote about designing posters and general experience at various conferences here. That was around mid 2019. I had a vastly different and rather engaging experience at a workshop that was organized in Australia later that year. Don’t know. There is something quite wrong about the way in which these conferences are organized if youContinue reading “academic posters in mathematical physics”

for beginners in quantum physics

MIT OCW video lectures: I did the whole course including the problem sets and it changed my life! Ghatak and Loknathan’s book: Wave function formalism but first few chapters have great problems. Shankar’s book: Linear algebra formalism. Gamow’s popular science book: Mr. Tompkins explores the atom (and more titles). Great fun when reading as aContinue reading “for beginners in quantum physics”