Thursday, February 14, 2013

Miscellaneous links, February 14, 2013

Can Boosting Immunity Make You Smarter? by Carl Zimmer. Some clues to why our brains do not seem to work that well whwn we are sick.
The Riddles of Ashis Nandy by Vijay Prashad " If this is what he intended to say, this is precisely what he did not say."
The Enlightenmenr's 'Race' Problem and Ours by Justin Smith has quotes from Kant and Hume: " Kant dismisses it on the grounds that “this fellow was quite black from head to toe, a clear proof that what he said was stupid.”" and a aimilar one from Hume.
Bt Cotton is Failing:Blame the Farmers by Glenn Stone
Ramachandra Guha-History's Footman-a Profile by Anita Nair, the author seems to have writer's block.
A strange blog' isomorphismes', he/she seems to know every thing; may be will tell us about the abc conjecture some day.
P.S. I just read Ramachandra Guha's article on D.R. Nagaraj in 'An anthropologist among Marxists and other essays'. Apparently, Nagaraj wrote an introduction to one of the volumes of the collected works of Ashis Nandy. His introduction does not seem very complementary if the excerpts are any indication. Nagaraj also seems critical of Kancha Illaiah's well known book which I did not like. It seemed more polemics than an organized study. The Middle Stage has a post on Nagaraj book 'The Flaming Feet'. It also has a link to Guha's boo and at the moment Guha'a article on Nagaraj is available at the link.

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