Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Non-Unus and the Est-Non-Est Epistemology of Jain Philosophy


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.                                                                                                              -Marcus Aurelius Jainism is one of the four major Indic religious. It dates back to the fifth century BCE, but … Continue reading

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CASPAR FRIEDRICH WOLFF


Consider our form and features now. They have changed since we were  babies, but they are not newly formed: We have grown with the eyes and ears, limbs and heart with which we were born. But what about our prenatal … Continue reading

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KAGAMI-BIRAKI (鏡開き)


  Never forget your indebtedness to ancestors                                  – A Shinto teaching. At a time when the actions and utterances  of a growing number of … Continue reading

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Kinds of Original Thought


It is curious how we hit on the same idea.                        – Charles Darwin There are and have been  more original thinkers in the world than are recorded in history. Original … Continue reading

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Epiphany


“Him whom but just before they beheld transfigured in a glorious epiphany upon the mount…”                                                         … Continue reading

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On the Map of the Moon: Wilhelm Beer


  We know more about the surface of the moon  than about floor of the ocean.                                                              … Continue reading

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Reflected Glory: Lilavati et al.


Though only reflecting sunlight, the Moon still shines       Bhaskara was an eminent Indian astronomer-mathematician  of the 12th century. One of his works is  entitled Lilavati.   An interesting story tells us how it got this name.   Bhaskara calculated from his daughter Lilavati’s  horoscope a … Continue reading

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