Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Goat

As the world’s largest human race celebrates its New Year, let us reflect on some of their contributions to the world. China gave us paper, silk, printing technology, porcelain, tea, fireworks and above all the writings of Master Kong or Confucius. Below are three of my favorite Confucius sayings about learning – “By three methods…

Did you know of this prophecy?

Alexander the Great – Alexander’s mother believed that Alexander was the son of Zeus (Father of Greek Gods and men) and that he was a superhuman destined for greatness from conception. True to the belief, he became a God like King and conquered the world. Buddha (Siddhartha) – Legend has it that, on the night Siddhartha was…

Freedom of Speech

Does it happen to you that involuntarily you stumble upon some random topic and encounter it everywhere and without you actively looking for it, you are somehow learning about it? Over the weekend, while I was waiting to get my car washed and turned on my radio, I listened to a debate on Freedom of Speech. Went…

A Call for Action

This week marked the 70-year anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Holocaust is a disgrace to the humanity and there is no redemption from the sin of inaction by the world community that silently witnessed death of six million innocent human beings. The horrors and terrors of the concentration camp is painfully…

Markov Model

Markov Model This is an interesting model that I learnt while taking an online course ‘Model Thinking’ by Scott E Page on Coursera.org. Many of the statistical/mathematical models are very academic in nature with very limited use in the day-to-day life. However I can see potential of this model to understand/analyze many of real life situations…

My Mental Models Framework

I have been thinking about ‘thinking’ and lately have realized how some facts, information, experiences and wisdom acquired in the past have either been partially or completely wiped out from my working memory. When I re-read some of the old books that I had already read, they seem absolutely new to me. I continue to commit the same…