Category Archives: Policy

The role of pay-cheques and checklists in education

Back when I was in highschool in India, I used to wonder about the massive loss of human capital as students with all kinds of backgrounds and interests dropped everything else to focus on getting admitted into a prestigious engineering or … Continue reading

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Happiness

Daniel Kahneman summarizes decades of happiness research this way: “It is only a slight exaggeration to say that happiness is the experience of spending time with people you love and who love you.” The above is a quote from a post … Continue reading

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Heart versus Head (or empathy versus consequentialism)

Back in college, a friend once casually observed that I was all head and no heart.  I was devastated.  I remember thinking, if I am all head (an unfeeling, calculative, hyper-rational thinker) then why does this passing and rather inconsequential … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

Growing up, I was a very patriotic Indian.  I loved my country immensely and I still do – although I would like to think that my love now is more mature, humble, and personal. I was about 9 years old when I … Continue reading

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Capitalist and Egalitarian Games

In my mind, games can be broadly arranged in a spectrum with two extremes: 1. Capitalist: Leader has an advantage (example: chess at any level) 2. Egalitarian: Lagger has an advantage (example: pool at an amateur level) In chess, most … Continue reading

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