Thursday, September 03, 2015

The irony of the relationship between technology and idleness


One of the purposes of everyday technology (mobiles, laptops, etc.) is to make us more efficient. But we rarely use our 'freed up' time to 'be' but instead occupy it with more 'do'. And in modern city life, this means occupying ourselves with more technology.

Ironic, the thing that was designed to free time is now occupying time (and is quite efficient at it).

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Mixed Race

I always wanted to know why 'brown' people didn't feature in the three/four-race theory. Well it turns out it's because the British didn't know how to classify Indians (and I guess the same would go for the browns elsewhere in the world like Central and South America and other parts of Asia. The races of Indians can be any of the following: Caucasoids (mostly North), Australoids (mostly South), Mongoloids (mostly North-East), Negritos (mostly the Andaman Islands).
Either way scientific racism as such was discarded as a valid framework a long long time ago, and now the we humans are classified into 5000 ethnic groups.
To know more on South Asian ethnic groups: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asian_ethnic_groups