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by nandu
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 2783
Views: 107054

I remember a wonderful insight I got from Nandu. It is about the nature of debate. I was raised in the Greek intellectual tradition where debate was like a wrestling match where the goal was to educate the audience and there was a winner. He pointed out that he had debated for years and never lost ...
by nandu
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: General Crosstalk - A Spot for the Odd Comment
Replies: 1992
Views: 79410

Off for my annual vacation to India in a couple of hours - from the scorching desert to the rain-drenched tropics. 8) See you all at the end of August when I come back, guys. :D

Nandu.
by nandu
Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:01 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

Nandu, If you don't mind I will abbreviate reductionistic, materialistic, chemical engineer to RMCE to save key strokes. And I would like to ask from the perspective of a RMCE, what does this mean? Value is a subjective concept I have heard a range of opinions and would appreciate the RMCE view. Wh...
by nandu
Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:31 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

Roncooper wrote:Nandu,

I was so busy making my little joke I forgot to wish you good luck on your endeavor. May you create something of timeless value.
Value is a subjective concept: however, I appreciate your encouragement. :lol:

Nandu.
by nandu
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

You, Nandu, and typical Evangelical Christians where I currently live (of which there are many)—you share a partiality for car metaphors, it seems. :) A common focus on the designer and design of a car with complex parts is here, too. It just shows the car can go both ways. ;) :lol: BTW, it will ta...
by nandu
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:25 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

Cindy B. wrote:Your thanks was meant for Zoe, Nandu... :)


By the way, you might consider setting off your main posts with another color. That would help organize your thread a bit. Looks as if you'll need it. :P
Oops! :oops:

Sorry, Zoe.

Nandu.
by nandu
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:53 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

Thanks for the article, Cindy. I used to read The Scientific American regularly in the eighties.

BTW, you realise that whatever I write is tongue-in-cheek, I hope! :wink:

Nandu.
by nandu
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:07 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: General Crosstalk - A Spot for the Odd Comment
Replies: 1992
Views: 79410

Nandu that is really 8) Thanks, James. This is one of my three mantras. The other two are: "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" - The whole world is a family "Asatho Maa Sadgamaya, Thamaso Maa Jyotirgamaya, Mrithyor Maa Amrutham Gamaya" - Lead me from Untruth to Truth, From Darkness to Light, And from Death to ...
by nandu
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:02 am
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Education past, present and future
Replies: 213
Views: 28106

Poverty is at the root of most evils in a "democracy" where the power is only with the rich. :(

Nandu.
by nandu
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: General Crosstalk - A Spot for the Odd Comment
Replies: 1992
Views: 79410

"Sukha" is the opposite of "Dukha" - suffering. My sig means "Let the whole world be free from suffering". This is my fervent prayer every day. :D

Nandu.
by nandu
Thu Jul 10, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

Quite a nice chat you had on this thread, Andreas and Rom. However, I have my upcoming book to think of, so pardon me if I do not comment. Introduction: Why Nandu is a Reductionist Materialist Before going into the biography proper, Nandu thinks it prudent to explain why he is a reductionist and mat...
by nandu
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

My main problem with the "materialistic reductionist" philosophy is that it doesn't accept that it is only part of the picture and not the whole picture. Not to mention that when this scientific method enters the realm of philosophy sounds more like ideology. So when "materialistic reductionists" a...
by nandu
Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:58 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

I still don't understand Cindy's comment that not being materialistic reductionist scientist is a compliment. I personally don't see a problem with any of them [the labels] or in any combination. Though I would have a hard time understanding a scientist who claimed he was not a materialist and how ...
by nandu
Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:59 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Confessions of a Reductionist Materialist Chemical Engineer
Replies: 44
Views: 3587

No, let it be like this... all in good fun!
:D

Nandu.
by nandu
Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:01 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 2783
Views: 107054

James... I have my tongue firmly in my cheek here! ;)

Nandu.