Mud and Me
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
Life and death has been a recurring theme on my blog. Confronted with our mortality, a common stance we assume is one of anger. Hearing of such a stance recently, I thought I would expand on my notion of gratitude in this writeup, liberally paraphrased from Shelly Kagan’s lectures on this subject. Gratitude is best … The post Mud and Me first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Binding Books
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
When I was about 15, oh so long ago now, I had this crazy hobby of book binding, which is like the process of turning a paperback into a hardcover, or adding a hardcover to an exercise book. With the mild OCD that I have, I do get a bit carried away with such things, … The post Binding Books first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Life and Chess: Who’s playing?
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
All chess games have three stages: the opening, the mid-game and the endgame. And a chess game is a reasonably good metaphor for life. During the opening stage, the players try to achieve broad strategic goals in deploying their pieces: control the center, develop the pieces, block the opponent’s pieces, protect the king, command the … The post Life and Chess: Who’s playing? first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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When Your Child is as Big as You
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
My mom used to say that when your child is as big as you, you have to treat them with respect. What she actually said was that you had to address them using a respectful form of “you,” which doesn’t make any sense in English, but may work in Hindi or French. It worked poetically … The post When Your Child is as Big as You first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Contradictions
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
Life is full of contradictions. I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of … The post Contradictions first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Twilight Years
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by manoj
2y ago
At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent … The post Twilight Years first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Recap of Modern Physics
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
Since the post series on Particles and Interactions became a bit longer than I wanted, I thought I would break it up. Let’s start with a recap of modern physics that will you will need to understand the structure of matter. We need Quantum Mechanics to understand subatomic structure because the sizes we are dealing … The post Recap of Modern Physics first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Top Philosophy Blog – Again!
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
Unreal Blog recently got another award as one of the top 100 philosophy blogs. The previous such award came a few years ago. Glad to feel appreciated for my efforts and to see that people are taking notice. The post Top Philosophy Blog – Again! first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Interpretation of Special Relativity
Philosophy – Unreal Blog
by manoj
2y ago
When we looked at Quantum Mechanics, we talked about its various interpretations. The reason we have such interpretations, I said, is that QM deals with a reality that we have no access to, through our sensory and perceptual apparatuses. On the other hand, Special Relativity is about macro objects in motion, and we have no … The post Interpretation of Special Relativity first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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Quantum Mechanics – Interpretations
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by manoj
2y ago
Whenever we talk about Quantum Mechanics, one of the first questions would be, “What about the cat?” This question, really, is about the interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. The standard interpretation, the so-called Copenhagen interpretation, leads to the famous Schrodinger’s cat. Why do we need an interpretation for Quantum Mechanics? After all, we don’t look for … The post Quantum Mechanics – Interpretations first appeared on Unreal Blog ..read more
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