Category Archives: Science / Philosophy

Voice Notes

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Most of us feel that our observations are often a precise interpretation of things. We also believe that such annotations are outcomes of verified interpretations. Picture this — for a person with no knowledge of using the stethoscope, the consequence of what each heart beat conveys is inconsequential. It takes a physician to […]

Rainbow Synthesis

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR When Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity ‘toppled’ Sir Isaac Newton’s model which was dominant since the Renaissance, it led to a new resurgence — that the fundamentals of scientific discernment were not a fixed, or inflexible, set of edicts. Rather, such models were elucidations of certain composite portents reliant on societal norms, just […]

Nothing Matters. Yet It Does

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR The idea of being conscious and having sensory qualities, or perception, are independent of each other. This is autonomous of the sensory qualities that we all know — physical stimulus, physiological response, communication, psychological, or emotional experience. What does this signify? That our sensory qualities, whatever their character, or essence, are distinctive of […]

The Neuron Saga

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR You are what you are isn’t as simple as it sounds. This is because who we are is based not just on our identities, but also our dreams, hopes, intelligence, memories, the world around us, and neurobiology. Neurobiology is the study of the nervous system and how the brain works, its anatomy, physiology, […]

Age Is Just A Number

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Aging is inevitable, albeit its cadence is not. As the American writer Betty Friedan rightly said, “Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” While we all know that our bodies age, the whole internal experience smacks of ambiguity, also mystery — although new research explains the aging […]

Consilience

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR The idea of consciousness and its relationship between mind and brain have puzzled, bamboozled, and flummoxed philosophers and scientists alike since the dawn of civilisation. They still do — notwithstanding a host of new, breath-taking discoveries, that include peptides, our molecules of emotions. This isn’t all. Molecular biologists have discovered the fundamental building […]

Science Loves A Pretty Face

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Science has, for long, used empirical data to estimate how close a theory is to the truth. But, not all theories, however, can be evaluated in that manner — for a plethora of reasons. In areas, such as string theory, cosmology, and evolutionary biology, for instance, arriving at how close a theory is […]

Gene Matters

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR When Linus Pauling, the legendary chemist and two-time Nobel laureate, discovered that a specific heritable protein variation in a single component of haemoglobin protein complex resulted in sickle cell anaemia, it initiated a new era in biomedical sciences. Years later, the gene responsible for the haemoglobin variant was discovered — including an entire […]

The God Particle

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR All intelligence, it’s rightly said, leads to god. This is the ultimate truth — the sum of the parts and part of the whole. All things, big or small, also lead to god — because god is supreme intelligence. Where there is no god, there is no intelligence. Where there is, likewise, no […]

Monsoon Raga

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Monsoons are not just rain and dance, or change of seasons. They are a time to seek one’s higher self, through moments of solitude. More so, when the pouring rain and dark, sombre clouds grant us a sense of seclusion, a welcome, ‘impromptu’ retreat at home — with a steaming cup of coffee. […]