You are not who you think you are. Philosophers, from the Buddha to David Hume to Derek Parfit, have been telling us that for centuries. There is no essential you, there is no unchanging nucleus at the centre of your being, and there is no homunculus looking through your eyes and pulling the levers that steer your actions.…
There is little point in discussing politics the way it is empirically discussed – and one should refrain from it as some Desi restaurants iterate – because there is no point in choosing from among a herd of narcissists and sociopaths.
And life is short.
Even Plato’s Republic is far from reason, even if in an unlikely way, it is a wealth of ideas.
The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image
The DNA helix is important, of course. But the most important thing it does is make proteins that can operate in regulatory loops. These loops can also operate at the molecular level: genes make proteins, but these proteins determine which genes are ‘off’ and which are ‘on’ (as…
The Mid Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake Festival is intricately lined to the legends of Chang E, the mythical Moon Goddess of Immortality. According to “Li-Ji”, an ancient Chinese book recording customs and ceremonies, the Chinese Emperor should offer sacrifices to the sun in spring and the moon in autumn. The 15th day of the 8th lunar month is the day called “Mid-Autumn”. The night on the 15th of the 8th lunar month is also called “Night of the Moon”. Under the Song Dynasty (420), the day was officially declared the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Gibbon reaching for reflection of the moon
Three hares looking at the moon
Liu Hai Fishing for his Toad by Moonlight
Night of the Moon
Click the thumbnails above for details of the paintings. Source: Freer and Sackler Galleries. The…
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you…
Without having moved an inch, from what experience, my friends, and my mother told me, there is merit in going to Cholistan & Parachinar. If for nothing else, for the smell of diesel trucks. I love my mother.
I Too Have Some Dreams: N. M. Rashed and Modernism in Urdu Poetry
Welcome! This is a resource page for my book, I Too Have Some Dreams: N. M. Rashed and Modernism in Urdu Poetry (University of California Press, 2014). Below you will find the table of contents and also links to the thirty poems in the appendix. UC Press has made the Introduction available as an excerpt.
For those of you who can understand Urdu or Hindi, you can now click the poem title below and use the language selectors in the bar above to view the poems in Urdu script and transliteration. Devanagari will bea dded soon. The appendix in the printed book has the poems in transliteration on the verso (left) side and in translation on the recto (right) side.
Nick Spencer is the author of 'Atheists: The Origin of the Species'. He explains the origins of various strands of atheism and why the New Atheism of today is constructed on a myth of its own. Julian Baggini is an atheist philosopher and writer. He engages Spencer on whether atheism was a significant factor in Communist regimes and what the future of atheism may hold.
What are you, really? To the rest of the world you appear as a particular human being, a publicly observable organism with a complex biological and social history and a name. But to yourself, more intimately, you appear as ‘I’, the mental subject of your experiences, thoughts, . . .
Freud’s theory of the death drive also gives us a way to think about gender.
Walter Benjamin remarked of the people who experienced the First World War:
A generation that had gone to school in horse-drawn streetcars now stood in the open air, amid a landscape in which nothing was the same except the clouds, and at its center, in a forcefield of destructive torrents and explosions, a tiny fragile human body.