I am a software engineer in Chennai, India, who today regrets not taking up Science while in school. I was introduced to Science 3 years back, when a friend told me about a book called The Selfish Gene by an author, whom I didnt know then, Richard Dawkins.
The book turned by life upside down, or should I say downside up, since that was when I really saw what life was all about. I have been an atheist since my school days, but I always wondered what the purpose of my life was. This book told me there was no purpose, and that we all exist because our “genes” want us to. It was as if my brain pathways which were till then clogged up by useless, wrong and confused thoughts, got cleared up when Richard Dawkins flushed it clean by sending down one powerful flow of clear thought. I was hooked.
This book was followed by “Phantoms in the brain” by V.S.Ramachandran. Then I began reading other popular science books, watched “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan, watched David Attenborough’s videos. I then picked up books by Brian Greene, Bill Bryson, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett. Soon I started following blogs by P Z Myers and Jerry Coyne (both American Biology professors), till I look forward to them everyday more eagerly than daily newspapers.
Now I want to learn Science more seriously and formally, and am saving up for that. But wanting to spread the word of science to my friends, I have started this blog. My intention of this blog, is to understand the topics I write about, well. A secondary goal is to get my friends interested in it. A more detailed description of why I am interested in Science can be seen here.