The loss of nuance

Dictatorship is the death of nuance Someone’s WhatsApp status I’m currently going reading the book “Feeling Great” by Dr. David Burns, and in many way it is one of the most important books that I’ve read. Dr Burns is the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the pre-eminent technique used to process PTSD, pastContinue reading “The loss of nuance”

Neuroscience and Indian law enforcement

Let’s face it. Raj Kundra probably does own a mobile app that uploads pornographic videos. The app is called Hotshots, and some satisfied consumers of the app, perhaps out of a sense of duty to their fellow Indians, have uploaded content from the app to multiple porn sites on the internet. Hence, Kundra’s masterpieces areContinue reading “Neuroscience and Indian law enforcement”

Music and Class in India

I was in middle school when I started listening to American music (we called it English music) and watching American TV series (on Star World, for those in the know). Soon, I was listening to a lot of Backstreet Boys, and watching a lot of Friends, Dexter, etc. It was a strange feeling. Although IContinue reading “Music and Class in India”

Some notes on Elementary Differential Geometry

I will discuss these notes on Differential Geometry. Why study vector fields, differential forms etc on a manifold, when you can directly study the whole manifold itself? Well, what does studying the whole manifold mean? One might say “Just look at it! You’ll see the shape and other geometric features”. That is true. However, whatContinue reading “Some notes on Elementary Differential Geometry”

Status signaling in academia

This is how math grad students talk: I don’t really understand this very simple concept. What is the essence of this object, and why was it needed at all? I perhaps need to construct ten different examples or think of alternate definitions before I can successfully narrow down what this means. No. Not really. ThisContinue reading “Status signaling in academia”

CR-Invariant powers of the sub-Laplacian-I

Today I will be reviewing the paper “CR-invariant powers of the sub-Laplacian” by Rod Gover and Robin Graham in order to hopefully understand it better. I will post images from the original paper, and then writing an explanatory commentary below. Why do we care about powers of laplacians? Because they naturally comes up when weContinue reading “CR-Invariant powers of the sub-Laplacian-I”

HIV rebound

The paper that I’m writing about today is “The size of the expressed HIV reservoir predicts timing of viral rebound after treatment interruption” by Li et al. I will quote passages from the paper, and then try to explain what all of those fantastically long words mean. Objectives: Therapies to achieve sustained antiretroviral therapy-free HIVContinue reading “HIV rebound”

It sure doesn’t feel like predictive processing

Reddit user @Daniel_HMBD kindly re-wrote some parts of my previous essay to make it clearer. I am now posting this corrected version here. Broad claim: The brain (conscious or unconscious) “explains away” a large part of our surroundings: the exact motion of a tree or a blade of grass as it sways gently in theContinue reading “It sure doesn’t feel like predictive processing”

An article for my school magazine

I wrote a write-up for the school magazine of The Heritage School, Kolkata. I attended the school from classes 4 to 10, and it was fun to relive some of the moments I spent at that school. I am reproducing the article below. I was a part of the first batch of students to joinContinue reading “An article for my school magazine”