Righteous Sufferes: Job and Harishchandra

My earlier post on the similarity in the stories of Orpheus and Adi Shankara inspired me to look for more, and naturally, I found many. I might, perhaps, write them all down some day. For now, here’s another one. This time it is between the Book of Job (from the Hebrew Bible) and the Markandeya

When science went international

The notion of international conferences are a commonplace anymore. But such was not the case over 150 years ago. The first international scientific conference was held on Sept. 3rd, 1860. Sarah Everts marks the 150 years of science as international discipline with this fascinating article in C&E News. Here is an excerpt: When the 1860

Curious case of Maly and Adams

Among the many blogs I read, today’s curious case was from the latest post in Quiet Babylon and the Scott Adams’s blog. Tim Maly, the author of Quiet Babylon, in today’s post dated Sept. 3rd 2010, talks about the concept, history, fiction, and reality of Cyborgs. He said: So when you think about cyborgs,

Lincoln and Bush Jr.: what’s in common?

In one word: dubitatio. It is a rhetorical device in which the person starts with the impression of being helpless, not being able to speak well or articulate their points of interest. Lincoln used it brilliantly in his Cooper Union speech that made him an instant political star. He was politically a nobody when he