Monday, February 15, 2010
Friday, November 27, 2009
Every writer has this obsession to resonate with the reader emotionally through his choice of words, language style, facts and details in narration. To a large degree the success of this story could be attributed to this fact.
Despair and Hope were the emotions that transcended in me which were beyond human understanding while I read this book
I started of this book with the thought that this is yet another religious attempt by a shrewd prophet. But this book definitely goes beyond that by widening our perceptional horizons on Religion, Existence of God, Human emotions, Animal psychology, Intricacies of nature. Probably that’s the reason why I was hooked on to this novel so much.
In my opinion, this book is more of a research thesis than a fictional novel. Otherwise, a reader would never have to ponder and introspect so much for a fictional work. Probably thats the reason why this book made me think so much next to Vivekananda’s work. I am sure that it would have taken painstaking research for Yaan Martel while writing this book (I am sure he would have done atleast 100 Google searches or references). I have already done atleast half a dozen Google searches on ( Incidents of animals returning back to Zoo, Tsimtsum, Tigers, Carnivorous algae, Pi, Ship sinking incidents like this in history, Fear, Animal psychology etc.,)
I could see a bit of Charles Darwin (Survival of fittest), Sigmund Freud (Human Emotions), Vivekananda (Need for religions) and Albert Einstein (Time and space) in this work.
I would definitely love to reread this research thesis filled with facts, reasonings and philosophies that are so beautifully concealed or wrapped in a fictional storyline.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Does not mater if you are religious/spiritual, agnostic or an atheist. So, for all those who enjoy reasoning it to yourself...
My interactions with GOD is usually in my final questions of Why? and How?
What/Who/Where is GOD to my mind...???!!!
- A Known, Unknown entity
- A mind that is not conditioned to think beyond cause and effect.
- In the faith and belief of the religions
- Exists in our scientific pursuit as much as our religious beliefs.
- Inability to understand the creation of universe.
- My fear of unknown
- In my quest for reasoning
- In my inability to understand and explain the workings of nature
- The infinite, electromagnetic force, or sub atomic particles.
- When thoughts, words and deeds are in moral harmony
- Ultimate will power and supreme confidence
- The uncontrollable attributes of life and Universe.
- Does not seem to exist for any other species other than humans.
- Does not seem to exist for a mind that can think beyond right and wrong?
- Is God only on earth?
- As Einstein said "The sum total of all laws of physics"
Saturday, August 15, 2009
1. A holiday with TV programme (disappointing personal fact)
2. A day to take oath to weed out the injustice (social conditioning of the mind)
இந்தியத் தாயின் மகுடத்தில் பதிந்த பவள சிற்பங்களே...
உயிர் பூவினை தேசிய தாய்மைக்குச் சூட்டிய ஈர நெஞ்சங்களே ...
உங்கள் பாதம் பட்ட மண்ணில் சுதந்திரப் பூக்கள் பூப்பதென்ன...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
For reasons unknown I have been looking at this snap that I have taken while on a trip to Coorg quite often. The untold stories in the eyes of these kids has given me a different perspective towards life. BTW, we were all sitting inside a car while we took this snap.
Felt like shouting LIFE IS UNFAIR. Every time when I look at this snap there is a outburst of emotion in me that makes me tell myself "GO OUT THERE" do something for the underprivileged. So, here I go, made a donation of Rs. 1000 today (I know that’s not all) and planning to continue on this just like my blogging...
Monday, February 23, 2009
I have always been ambivalent about the “Natural selection of species” and the “intelligent design” philosophies.
Quote form TOI article (analogy to argue that “Natural selection of species cannot be true...)
An often used analogy borrowed from a remark by physicist Fred Hoyle is that of a hurricane sweeping through a junk yard and by random chance assembling a Boeing 747: it just can't happen. Therefore, there has to be a Boeing Engineer, a God working His intelligent design from behind the scenes.
So here’s my two cents that help us explore the relation between creator and creations. My own logical creativity…
Let’s shift our focus from how human species was created to what humans are creating today and what might be possible in future? Atleast in this context predicting the future looks easier than understanding the past…And that’s the reason for me to shift the focus into future to understand evolution…Trying to understand the past better by predicting the future…
We are at an important phase of the evolution wherein we tend to believe that we are not very far off from creating machines that are intelligent, self learning and possibly capable of emoting.
In future, we might develop human like robot with AI self learning algorithms. Assuming that I develop a self learning algorithm that could be downloaded onto a Robot, few questions that I would like to ask all you readers...
- Just because I created the self learning algorithm, does it mean that I can precisely predict every move or the behavior of the ROBOT?
- Is there a possibility for me to destroy the ROBOT completely (Say on press of the CTRL+ALT+
button) when I realize the fact that the ROBOT that I have created is a threat to my own existence? DEL
- What are the chances that this reasoning ROBOT thinks that its behavior is been controlled by some other unknown entity?
- When the ROBOT is able to completely understand the algorithm with which it is made of, what is the difference between me and the ROBOT (or in other words the creator and the creation..)
- When the ROBOT has completely understood the algorithm with which it is made of what are the chances that it creates a new species from thereon?
- Is the ROBOTs self learning algorithm, just a transferred piece of my mind or is it something more than that?
- If I create a chess algorithm and play against the same does that mean that I will always win against the algorithm. Any logical guesses on the probability of who will win?
Exploration with deep introspection for all the above questions will help us realize the connection between the human species and nature, the reason for evolution of concepts such as FATE, ASTROLOGY, GOD etc., To some extent this also helps us explain the need for religion..
Post in your views to all these questions in the comments section and let us explore this further in the next post….