Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • 7 Myths Broken for Pro-377 Indians

    In 1861, the British created Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code, criminalizing homosexual behavior. A century and a half later, our attempts to get rid of this archaic law have come to a naught. Most of my friends on social networks have had something to say about the situation, and very few of them […]

  • God, Jerusalem and Democrats

    In the Democratic National Convention yesterday, rationalism died a painful death, just in order to keep God alive. In spite of two evenings of great speeches, the DNC’s decision to sneak God back onto the platform, that too via the back-door, did not win any fans. Briefly, this is what happened. Democratic party’s “platform” (party […]

  • Doodle for Google 2012

    Google has announced an interesting competition for creative school kids in the US. Children K-12 (Kindergarten through 12th Grade) can participate in this competition to submit “doodles” with the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”. The prize is a $30,000 college scholarship for the kid plus a $50,000 technology grant for his […]

  • Law, Sausage and the Apple

    It is said that if you love sausage and respect the law, you should watch neither being made. Now here is something that will make you add your favorite Apple gadget to the list of your dear things that you would rather not watch being made. Actually, this applies not just to the Apple devices […]

  • Google Books Ngram Viewer

    Google does some interesting things. Ngram Viewer which I found about just today is one such. To know what the Ngram viewer does, we first need to know what an Ngram is. Well, according to Wikipedia, an Ngram is “a subsequence of n items from a given sequence.” If you just wanted to know how […]

  • Dhar Mann – Raja of Ganja?

    OK, another Indian sounding name was in the news today – Dhar Mann. The news on CNN was “‘Walmart of Weed’ to open in Arizona, promote growing your own“. So, here is the background: Marijuana, Cannabis or Ganja (as we Indians know it) is illegal in most of the United States. In the state of […]

  • Cartoon Pictures for Facebook

    Thousands of people are changing their profile pictures with their favorite cartoon characters. Some are even cartoonifying their own pictures. Watch the following video to listen to today’s news from ABC network about the trend. If you want to cartoonify your own image, one of the free utilities available online is: befunky.com. Here you can […]

  • Is Kashmir Not Even That Big?

    In my last post I explained how Kashmir is a small area of J&K, holding the whole state and region to ransom. I explained that Kashmir valley is about 6,000 square miles in area. It is indisputable that Muslims are a majority in J&K, but the separatist Muslims are concentrated in a fraction of the […]

  • Kashmir Is Too Small For Azadi

    [हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें] Headline on CNN about Leh floods: Death toll from Kashmir flooding rises to 112 Correction: Leh is not in Kashmir. There was no flooding in Kashmir. A Vaishno Devi Pilgrim: I just returned from Kashmir. Things are peaceful there. Correction: Jammu is not in Kashmir. There is […]

  • Arguing About Kashmir

    Even though Kashmir is lost to our community (the Kashmiri Hindu community), it is impossible for people of our generation not to get riled up when the issue of Kashmir comes up. A detailed post on Kashmir has been on my mind for a long time, but numerous resolutions for this blog’s upkeep have resulted […]

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