Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prelude: Introspection

This blog - in a huge virtual space - is a tiny reflection of my existence. I will share my dispositions with you. These dispositions range from the (pseudo-)philosophical subtleties to the burning current affaires, from the art of deception to the art of living; where I will introduce characters from the past that has influenced human thought through out the ages that gives perspective to our observations. I would like to share things from the lighter and brighter spectrum of the life. Some reviews from the movies I believe one should watch. Some personal observations in personality-development and communication. And unlock pictures that dwell thousand words. I believe in evolution; hence, in turn, I believe nature didn’t put everything on the face of this universe from the very first day. Things are acquired and abandoned in a course of a long process... So that’s pretty much the case with this endeavor.
Now let’s see, who am I? If I were to describe the attributes as an entity I have, then they are concisely concluded in the standard proforma, 'ABOUT ME'. Here I would like to write between the lines. I am a graduate science student who has opted "Computer Science" as a professional field of inquiry. Why Computer Science? Well, in those days when I had bestowed upon a career choice, a movie 'The Matrix' was much popular amongst teenagers. It was my sole inspiration and the idea of 'Simulated Reality' inspired me from the very beginning to this day. Though it was a pure work of fiction but I am its firm believer. I will elaborate on this phenomenon in a separate post. This movie was a hit, and secured Rating: 8.7/10 on IMDB. Hence, I was the one looking for philosophical subtleties in the world of Computing. And mind it; the question of the nature of 'Reality' in its core is a classical philosophical question. But soon I realized it was a fumble of reasoning. Study of Data Structures, Operating Systems, Computer Hardware Architecture and subjects alike were no where near my perception of the field. Soon it revealed and It was a hard time. Question of changing career, as once experienced by Prof. Hossein Nasr, was not on the decision table. The opportunity of smooth transition to somewhat more meaningful discipline was lost. So I did a compromise, I opted for AI. And guess what, there a movie Artificial Intelligence: AI grasping Rating: 7/10 on IMDB. Though, discipline of AI is pretty much a science about the machines wrapped into an intellectual disguise of logic and computation but that’s the best Computer Science is to offer. But at the same time this vibrant field has its own wonders to explore. Questions of Intelligence, Ontology, Knowledge, though originated from philosophical circles are debated amongst psychologist, cognitive scientists, computer scientists and engineers. Biological Vision intrigues the leading Computer Vision scientists. Bio-Inspired Computing is an appreciation of what Nature has to offer. Moreover, AI is multi-disciplinary, where one is offered to solve problems originating from as diverse disciplines as economics, genetics, and music, etc. So when AI has this much to offer, how come this humble man is to abstain?
At the same time I live on a piece of land that has seen more turmoil than Afghanistan and Iraq in present times. The phenomenon of ‘suicide-bombing’ has become a common place. It’s common to an extent that one gets up in the morning and the first news is of such an unfortunate incident somewhere in the country. Lamentation is on the aftermath of such incidents where certain factions come face to face in interpretation of the heinous incidents, one’s martyr is other’s foe. Ironically the ideological differences 'amongst' the different fractions of the nation are treacherously fatal. It has psychological implications. I will share my views on these current burning issues as well.
Why should you visit again? I believe my dispositions will be thought-provoking, witty, informative, intuitive and inventive. Where there is much room for alternative reasoning, intellectual accomplishment and academic disagreement but no resentment.
This place favors the instincts of those who have a gifted soul.

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