Archive for 2007

 
 

Utopian Dream

Where is the Utopian dream?
…Where everybody is free
…Where everything is a bliss
…Where you are on a high
…100% of the time
Where is such a dream?

Why is there so much stupidity?
Why is there so much complacency?
What for this urgency?

People are just nuts yaar.

- Paras Chopra

Are we living in a simulation?

A short answer: Maybe, but I don’t care. Well someone has proved (mind the word) that there is a certain chance (he says it is 20%) that we are living in a simulation. The thought goes something like this:
1) In future, super intelligent organisms will be designing super powerful computers capable of simulating entire world (not atom by atom simulation but more on the lines of behavioral simulation).
2) Chances are that they will want to play some simulations of their past.
3) Chances are that our present world is actually a simulated reality.

Well, there is actually a research paper on this. But who cares?

But, actually, if you really care about the simulation argument and take it as truth, it might resolve many of the anomalies in the world. The following could be explained by the argument:
1. Religion (The designer of the simulation is the God)
2. Extra Sensory Perception (The designer just wants to play weird sometimes and have fun)
3. Mediocrity ( Why would designer want us to be perfect? )
4. The apparent paradoxes in Sciences

Your comments on this are welcome.

Is Dust another form of life?

Maybe.

Bacteria makes Gasoline

Is this the future?

Time may not exist at all

See this amazing article.

The essence of CAT

Finally, I figured it out. It is so simple that I wonder how could I (and lakhs of other candidates preparing for CAT ) could have missed it. I am talking about attempting CAT and what sort of strategy one needs to employ in order to ace the exam.

First a bouncer, you cannot ace the exam per se. CAT is a test which tests your managerial aptitude. The word aptitude here is very important. It is not a test where you can employ tricks to score better (or even worse). More or less, CAT will accurately judge your aptitude. If you are destined to become a good manager then you will definitely score good at CAT (it doesn’t really matter whether you slogged for 6 hrs/day for a year or whether you just sat-and-gave CAT). Theoretically, you cannot prepare for an aptitude exam. And year after year CAT makers strive hard to prove this theory correct.

This leads me to conclude: there is no strategy. During mocks, I tried and tested various strategies. Each and every one of them failed. Reason: while doing the exam you end strategizing when in fact you should be executing. So, my conclusion is that one should not use strategies. Strategies only end up hiding (read lowering) your actual aptitude.

So, where is the essence of CAT? Here it is:

Just answer the questions you think you can answer. Leave the rest of the lot. If you have managerial aptitude, you will get a good percentile (no matter how many or how few questions you have attempted). If you don’t have managerial aptitude, maybe you are having aptitude for entrepreneurship, story writing, bungee jumping, etc. Everybody has aptitude for something or the other. Management is only one of the spheres of life.

The essence is so simple that people generally ignore it. Coaching institutes use this ignorance to their benefit while CAT makers at IIMs laugh at the fact that people really are preparing for an aptitude test, an activity which is guaranteed to lower their scores.

So, in the end all I can say is that just do what you know if you want CAT to judge your true aptitude level. Do not try to fool the system. It will end up hurting you only.

Simulating future

Read this.

Synthetic Biology Primer

OpenWetWare.org has an interesting “Primer for Synthetic Biology, Part I — Molecular
Biology/Biochemistry for Novices
” by Scott Mohr (It is 69 Pages long PDF document). The document explains molecular biology in extremely simple terms. It is a must download if you are just beginning to explore the fascinating field of molecular biology.

My (chinese) LITTLE POLY-COLOURED FLUORESCENT

Yesterday, my father brought home a gaudy-looking butterfly lamp which was (unsurprisingly) Chinese made. I eagerly read the “instructions” on the cover and was, in no time, rolling on the floor laughing. You might have already guessed the reason for my uncontrolled laughter. But if you have not (which means you are from planet Mars), here is the reason for my laughter: CHINEEZ ENGLISH. I am reproducing the “instructions” on the cover below. Have a look at them. They are hilarious.

THE LITTLE POLY-COLOURED FLUORESCENT

THIS PRODUCT IS ADOPTED (now, products are adopted too) FROM THE IMPORT MATERIAL AND IS PRODUCED WITH COMPONMENT (the componment is new invention from the land of China). IT IS OF HIGH RESULT AND CAN SAVE ENERGY SOURCES (The world talks about saving energy, China talks about saving *sources* of energy instead). IT HAS ECONOMY ( wow! ) AND HIGH DEVELOPING CHARACTER (now, what the hell is high developing character; maybe some Chinese innovation). IT SUITS IN USING IN THE DARK (but you may use the lamp in daylight also).

ENVIRONMENT AT THE CORRIDOR, PASS, WATER CLOSET ( omg! ) ETC. AND GIVING THEM A SOFT LIGHT (earlier we used to treat our corridor with hard light). ITS OUTWARD IS BEAUTIFUL AND IT IS THE IDEAL CHOICE OF THE HOUSE (I wish my house could speak; sob sob).

MADE IN CHINA.

Mind you, the “instructions” were printed in ALL-CAPS only. This means they are shouting their lungs out just to make sure we don’t make any mistakes installing this product. How nice of them. They care for us.

PS: Today, as I write this post, the lamp’s bulb (or whatever) fused and it is not working now. I will miss my LITTLE POLY-COLOURED FLUORESCENT.

Identity crisis

Here is an interesting food-for-thought for you to chew:

How will you ever know if how you feel about the world is an oddity or a norm?

Do tell me your thoughts about this.