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.

  1. August 6, 2011 at 23:42

    One thing to keep in mind is that science has a very active propaganda arm that serves to perpetuate some highly destructive practices and mind sets. I suggest you look into some alternative views from scientists not dedicated to the materialist, reductionist way of perceiving. I would suggest Dr. Bruce Lipton, Jeremy Narby, Tom Campbell, John Cairns, (gosh there are so many). I would also suggest you look into the Systems Sciences, symbiosis and how the information technologies relate to biology. Heck, you should read my book, “LifeOS: exploring the system that executes DNA”. You already understand programming, so you know a bit about how information processing is at the heart of accomplishing anything.


  2. May 19, 2012 at 00:08

    Ok…enjoy Science…but always remember that the real science is hidden in Mathematical equations. 🙂

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