Dr. Narendra Dabholkar


Prabhakar Nanawaty

Suman Oak

What Makes People Distrust Science? Surprisingly, Not Politics

Today, there is a crisis of trust in science. Many people including politicians and, yes, even presidents publicly express doubts about the validity of scientific findings. Meanwhile, scientific institutions andjournalsexpress their concerns about the publics increasing distrust in science. How is it possible that science, the products of which permeate our everyday lives, Continue reading

What is it like to be a Human?

Imagine an intelligent bat contemplating the mind-body problem, name of Tim Nigel. TimNigel has noticed that humans have an auditory sense not possessed by bats (of his species): they can hear various pitches. This enables them to appreciate music (unlike Tim and his conspecifics) and also to have other types of auditory experience Continue reading

India never had a golden age: Interview with Prof. D.N. Jha, historian

LONG before many historians called the Hindutva forces bluff with respect to Indian history, Professor D.N. Jha had talked about the not-so-divine status of the cow in the Hindu religion. Basing his argument largely on scriptures, he came up withThe Myth of the Holy Cow. Hindutva outfits panned the book but could not Continue reading

Training Course in Exorcism

Vatican City is considered as the most sacred place for Christian religion. The highest authority of Christian religion, Pope resides at Vatican City. Priests from various parts of world are offered training around religious matters at Vatican City. Recently, Vatican City has stirred a controversy by announcing a training course in exorcism. The Continue reading

Democracy or Babacracy

Madhya Pradesh government has recently announced that Computer Baba, Bhayujji Maharaj, Narmada Nand,Hari Haranand Pandit and Yogendra Mahant will lead the initiative of Narmada cleaning in capacity of state ministers. Surprisingly two of these newly appointed state ministers had announced a Narmada Ghotala Yatra against the government. The aim of this Yatra was Continue reading

Industrial Air Pollution Clean-Up Is On Its Way In 2018

Since 1955, theUnited States governmenthas recognized the need for legislation to clean up air pollution. Subsequent revisions to the initial legislation strengthened the laws regarding allowable amounts of car emissions, factory smog, and other sources of air pollution.

The most recent version, The Clean Air Act of 1990, tackled five areas: Continue reading

Science and Pseudoscience

We live in a post-truth, anti-intellectual world where intuition, common sense, and fake news are often preferred to scientific evidence, and where pseudoscience is often presented as valid science. Assuming that truth exists and is worth searching for, and that science is our most reliable tool in that search, how can we identify Continue reading

The Myth of the Indian Aviator

In the distant Mumbai suburb of Andheri, on a busy lane across a large cigarette factory, stationed adjacent to a statue of Jesus Christ and what appears to be a rarely-used post box, is a memorial with an unusual message. It informs the reader in Marathi that an Indian scientist, using the ideas Continue reading

This Multibillion-Dollar Corporation Is Controlled by a Penniless Yoga Superstar

But today he can be found in the most material of places. Turn on an Indian TV, and theres Ramdev, a supple yoga megastar in saffron robes, demonstrating poses on one of the two stations he oversees. Flip the channel, and theres Ramdev in commercials selling shampoo and dish soap. Walk any city Continue reading

Why the ‘Right to Believe’ Is Not a Right to Believe Whatever You Want

Do we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe? This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the willfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion: I believe climate change is a hoax whatever anyone else says, and I have a right to Continue reading

Why Do Smart People Do Foolish Things?

Intelligence is not the same as critical thinkingand the difference matters

We all probably know someone who is intelligent, but does surprisingly stupid things. My family delights in pointing out times when I (a professor) make really dumb mistakes. What does it mean to be smart or intelligent? Our everyday use of the Continue reading

‘Good bye’ to our Saints

India is a considerably large nation with a huge population of over a billion people spread into a number of provinces, speaking numerous languages, belonging to different religions and yet an important secular nation in the world. It is necessary therefore that we ought to solve our problems of the day with the Continue reading