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Anathem by Neal Stephenson


Trivial Details 
With the aathemaar-u* being away for couple of weeks, I suddenly found myself with lot of free time to spare after work everyday, which was inadvertently spent watching reaction videos on YouTube and staring at ceiling contemplating about Life and universe.

After slacking away couple of days in such a manner, marinating in my own mediocrity, it became apparent to me, while watching a Hindi dubbed Telugu film ‘Daring Gundaraj’, that how pathetic last few days have been. I needed to refresh myself. Lord Tyrion’s words reverberated in my head “a mind need books like a sword needs a whetstone if it’s too keep it’s edge”. I decided to give my brain some much needed exercise by indulging in some heavy work of fiction.
Trivial Details Ends

Anathem by Neal Stephenson was zeroed in for this absurd task, solely because it was huge and it’s blob contained words like Extramuros. Few chapters into the book, it dawned on me that I have bitten more than I could chew. The alacrity quickly turned into regret as I tried to make sense of an Alien world with its own vernacular that author plunged into starting from the midday Provenor. I was like a Sline who’d been to no Suvins, getting lecture on Hylaen Theoric World, which even after being translated from ancient Orth to fluccish, was incomprehensible much like how the praxis of kineograms would have been to a Millenarial. I reckoned I’d rather have watched some spec-fic Speelies accessed from reticulum on my jeejah. Continue reading


Natural Selection over an Intelligent Design

When Charles Darwin introduced the theory of evolution, it was dismissed outright by some of the then leading scientists. But after years of research in field of genetics, biology, zoology and paleontology; Evolution as a fact is established beyond any doubt. So, It is actually a bit farcical that even after so many years, some people still categorize Evolution as an absurd fabricated myth. I did have a friend in my college who told me that my brain wasn’t evolved if I believed in Evolution. He argued strongly that evolution is just a theory and I am closing my eyes and refusing to see the truth that is ‘The Intelligent design’. (Most of his opinions came from a bearded mullah who provides unscientific proofs and quotes non-existent people to put forward his argument). There are news reports everyday which gives credibility to Evolution and here was an engineering student, who is so convinced in his faith so much so that even I was skeptical about evolution for a time being.

What drives them to believe their version is the ultimate truth is not my area of interest. However, I would just want to clarify these people on the actual truth. Evolution is a fact. Continue reading