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Geetha TG talks about raising kids as skeptics and humanists

Science & Philosophy

  • Bohr and Heisenberg: Splitting atoms and friendships

    “During peace time a scientist belongs to the World, but during war time he belongs to his country.” – Fritz Haber A number of people in and around the U.S. Air Force base in Alamogordo, New Mexico reported seeing a very bright light at about 5:30 AM on the 16th of July, 1945. The Manhattan District press agency assured many concerned citizens that that was nothing more than a weapons depot in the Alamo region which had blown up. No […]

  • The Glorious Past Theory and the Predicament of a Student of Science

    History is anything but just his story; not even as an allegation. I am not referring to the embedded gender politics, something which cannot be done away with, over here. The ideas about the past are not the concerns of specialists (academic researchers, hobbyists and quizzers) alone. Even though such an allegedly elitist scenario is more desirable against the games which have been going on in the Colosseum of the Indian political theatre, it is just a wishful thinking. In […]

  • A Matter of Privilege – Recipes for an Elitist Marriage

    “Have the match-making aunties started making a queue outside your home?”, I asked my friend, who was passing out of IIT.

    “Yeah. A lot of proposals have already come. My mom is handling all that stuff”

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Pseudoscience & Religion

  • Scientists Confirm Efficacy of Astrology

    (With contributions by Shashank Kancherla, Moinak Bannerjee and Lalit Mohan Chawla) Since time immemorial, Indians have been aware of how Sun’s apparent position, relative to arbitrarily defined constellations, at the time of our birth, affects our personality. Empowered by the knowledge of future events, Hindus were an invincible force in the past. However after the repeated Mughal and British invasions, most knowledge and wealth was lost.

  • Midbrain activation and mastery — A skeptic’s view

    It is that time of the year when parents look for classes that would keep their children engaged during the summer vacation. The one doing the rounds lately has the right mix of ingredients to ensnare parents and to make them spend money to ‘activate the midbrain’ of their children. Advertisements have started to pop up in many cities wherein fantastic claims are being made. Did you know that the mid brains of your children are not functioning to its […]

  • Neutraceutical Racket Taking People For A Ride

    The latest fad in town seems to be racket in what are called as ‘neutraceuticals’ by clever marketing companies out to take consumers for a ride. It could be anything from spirulina to aloe vera to herbal teas! These are the new in-things out to take people for a ride and promise cures from anything from obesity to cancer. Brimming with names like anti oxidants, bio organics, essential fatty acids to amino acids seems to be the latest jargons and […]

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Freethought Activism

  • Delhi freethinkers meet at Eatopia. April-2015 meet.

    Some of us atheists, feminists, freethinkers met yesterday in Delhi. Meet was also attended by some members of “harmless hugs” who are doing awesome work in empowering members of the LGBT community and its allies. We started at Eatopia but quickly moved out to the amphitheater on account of the noise level. And despite the warm and humid weather we were able to have a good meet, a good discussion and a good time in general. Want to meet like […]

  • Midbrain activation challenge – an update

    Since our group has taken up this fraud called as Midbrain activation head on and we are running a systematic and probably the only organized campaign against it, it would be needed to keep all our member groups informed on what is going on. A write up on Ranjana Agarwal made in 2010 is still getting comments and one of them was from on Vinoj Surendran from Kollam who said that he was ready to take up our challenge which […]

  • On Indian adultery laws

    Indian legal system has often been hailed for its progressive and detailed stance on various issues. Yet the IPC has not been able to shed the absurd set of laws that have been criticized for a long time. Examples? Again the last sentence of this article makes a comment about gender bias in our law without giving any examples. Specifically, I would like to discuss the laws on Adultery. Adultery has been defined in the Indian penal code as the […]

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Humor & Creative Arts

  • Scientists Confirm Efficacy of Astrology

    (With contributions by Shashank Kancherla, Moinak Bannerjee and Lalit Mohan Chawla) Since time immemorial, Indians have been aware of how Sun’s apparent position, relative to arbitrarily defined constellations, at the time of our birth, affects our personality. Empowered by the knowledge of future events, Hindus were an invincible force in the past. However after the repeated Mughal and British invasions, most knowledge and wealth was lost.

  • Life in the world of Involuntary behaviors

    I tic and twitch and tap and swear, As I get on with my life of care. Non- sense phrases invade my speech, As I get on with the problem to teach. Patients come in and patients walk out, I see fear in their eyes as they see me tic. Interns gaze at me in awe, The new nurse has a frown plastered on her face!

  • Thoughts From A Secular Humanist

    I have no invisible authority I am not mentally enslaved, I am not an unworthy sinner Who is waiting to be saved. My actions are my own Responsibility for which I will take, Credit for the good and penalty for the bad The payment for my deeds only I can make. I’m not the innocent, confused child; ‘Humble’ messengers try to find, I’m a skeptic with adult reasoning Who has left Faith behind. The answers gifted by logic and reason […]

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