In his first book in 10 years, Daniel Kahneman re-examines human follies, suggests remedies

Daniel Kahneman THIS IS DANIEL Kahneman’s first major book in ten years and, therefore, his first after the bestselling Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011). He departs in Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment from his previous works and complements them by re-evaluating human decisions and mistakes. A recap of his previous scholarly accomplishments would mean a quick … Continue reading In his first book in 10 years, Daniel Kahneman re-examines human follies, suggests remedies

The Inside Story of the India Meteorological Department’s Success in Predicting Extreme Weather

MRUTYUNJAY MOHAPATRA WAS six when his father came running into the house, yelling at the top of his voice, “The storm is coming!” They were residents of a village not far from Dhamra in Bhadrak district, Odisha and, 50 years later, he still remembers that morning as though it were yesterday. His father’s warning saved … Continue reading The Inside Story of the India Meteorological Department’s Success in Predicting Extreme Weather

Malcolm Gladwell and The Tragedy of a Few Good Men

Malcolm Gladwell’s new book examines one of the great moral challenges of World War II and the price of different actions Malcolm Gladwell (Photo: Alamy) FOR A WRITER who has written bestsellers in social psychology, The Bomber Mafia: A Story Set in War is a departure for Malcolm Gladwell, the celebrated 57-year-old UK-born Canadian journalist, author and … Continue reading Malcolm Gladwell and The Tragedy of a Few Good Men

Covid hasn’t brought us together, but divided us: Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely (Courtesy: Wikipedia) The influential behavioural economist regrets that Covid-19 deniers are on the rise Renowned Israeli-American behavioural economist Dan Ariely says that although Covid is an opportunity for the world to come together, it has so far not happened because each country is pursuing its own interests. The James B. Duke Professor of psychology … Continue reading Covid hasn’t brought us together, but divided us: Dan Ariely

‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’

THE chief minister of Kerala had a reputation for being pithy. But he seems to have changed, showing an inclination to dwell at length on the policies of his coalition, which has secured another term in the recent Assembly election. This historic victory makes Pinarayi Vijayan the first chief minister of Kerala to return to … Continue reading ‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’

Pinarayi Vijayan makes history. What makes him India’s most powerful communist leader?

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (centre) meets party workers in Kannur, May 2 (Photo: AP) THE MORNING of May 3rd, the day after a stunning electoral victory for Kerala’s Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM)-led coalition of which he is the spearhead, Pinarayi Vijayan was seated inside a Bombardier flying him from his hometown Kannur in … Continue reading Pinarayi Vijayan makes history. What makes him India’s most powerful communist leader?

‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’

An interview with Gautam I. Menon, Professor, Departments of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University Gautam I. Menon FOR SOMEONE whose key interest in the past was mostly related to superconductors, Menon is now focused on building models of infectious diseases. While his intellectual pursuits are eclectic, and includes statistical physics, soft condensed matter physics, mechanobiology … Continue reading ‘Indian super model to predict Covid spread lacked clarity’