Utopia for Realists

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This book was a recent recommendation from Dr Kailash Nadh. A small but heavy book, that is engaging and well researched. Rutger Bregman has done a thorough job of making arguments for three major policy ideas whose time has come in the land of plenty that we live in (as compared to a human living a century ago). Universal Basic Income Reducing Working Hours Open Borders Universal Basic Income or UBI, might sound ludicrous at the first glance, but numerous studies and on-field experiments have time and again shown that the way ahead for the welfare-state might be direct money transfer (not just benefits).

Death of Ivan Illyich

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I had read this book a while ago, and it struck a chord with me. In essence, I think, this book has shaped my mental model in a deep way. I often ponder if I would have had a different world view if I had never read this book. Here is an excerpt from academy of ideas about the book. One day, I will reread this book to write and reflect on it.

Rendezvous with a Reflection – Screenplay

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“Rendezvous with a Reflection” [First Draft] by Padamja Gupta Rohan Verma (Group – “Untitled”) A girl, struggling to accept reality, confronted by her own reflection. Instructor: Shrimoy Chaudhury Course: Psychoanalytic Films through Historical Lens   ACT I FADE IN: A long shot of New Delhi and the skyline. The sun is rising breaking dawn. Camera pans to visuals of empty shopping streets being lit with the morning sunlight.


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Las Meninas[1] In Lacan’s seminars, he discussed the artists Cézanne, Holbein and Velasquez. In each case the fil rouge which connected Lacan’s thought was the idea of shifts in perspective leading to ways in which the artist had produced a work that evoked the experience of the “gaze”. In Seminar XIII, in discussing Velasquez’ Las Meninas, Lacan identifies the “picture within the picture” which we see Velasquez working on, as the Vorstellungsrepräsentanz , the representative of the representation.

Understanding the Undertones of Political Thought within the Politically Agnostic FOSS Movement

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Introduction The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement, which is now seen as an integral part of the technology sector, is now making its impact outside this domain in various dimensions. It has given rise to the three “Open” pillars – Open Source, Open Standards and Open Content. Ideas formulated during the rise of these new FOSS communities have been able to raise various questions about Intellectual Property, Information Production and other newly formulated concepts.