As a billion people struggle to ameliorate hunger around the world and perhaps twice that number fighting the disease of ignorance, there is something significant every remaining individual could do to make the world better. A prototypical society, facing heavy headwinds, may be nearing the break-point as the intellectuals seek impractical solutions and those less endowed seek power and material wealth. …
Life’s event horizon (life horizon) has attracted much less mathematical interest compared to the event horizon of a black hole. The former, however, holds intriguing opportunities for further analyses. The point of no return in Physics is accompanied by a singularity, essentially an admission of ignorance. However, there are many interesting phenomena at or close to the event horizon that provides insights as to what may lie beneath.
One implication of the application of known Physics at the event horizon is that time stops for an external observer but not for the entity passing through it. If life horizon is…
As I counted the days down from an unmovable horizon
As the shadow of the past became longer and longer
As the remaining future became ever shorter
It was clear that the truth will remain hidden forever
I tried to fall into deep sleep
But then I saw disturbing images that kept me awake
I tried to escape into the unknown
It was clear I cannot succeed
As some shouted from the pulpit and others sang for mercy
As some made policy and others sought to stay alive
As some proposed theories and others tried experiments
When I tried to cry, the tears would not come
Was it because I was faking or not caring enough?
When I tried to shout, the sound was feeble
Was it because I did not put enough effort into it?
When I stepped out, I was cold and sad
Was it because I spent all day sheltering myself?
When I saw the news of people dying on TV, I turned it off
Was it because I could not handle the truth?
Who am I?
Do I have a consciousness?
Where is it?
How could I know?
Am I a human…
It appears irrational — why do we kill, pillage and attempt to appear superior? Why? In less than 2.5 Billion seconds, every individual human will disappear from the face of the Earth, never to be heard again? So, why do we kill, pillage and attempt to appear superior? Why?
It appears irrational — why are we trying to make meaning out of ephemeral lives? Why? Why do we frequent religious institutions to get a free pass to afterlife? Why do we lie, bribe and accumulate wealth that we could not use? Why? Why do we walk past the ones who…
The most interesting men in the universe have been on a quest. The chosen one who makes electric cars and space vehicles on tax payer subsidies wants to lift humanity to Mars. Mind you, it is just a few 100 people who need to apply as the selection process is stringent. He may hire the guy who proclaimed to be the “least racist,” to select the few out of 8.3 Billion to escape to Mars. After all, Making Mars Great Again is an important objective. Meanwhile, the guy who has been working on drone droppings of your electronic orders, wants…
Stock picking is big business all over the world. But is it possible to pick stocks? Let’s do a thought experiment. Suppose you find a great stock picker who recommends a stock for you to buy. Let’s assume that the stock picker has no insider information (in which case it will be illegal) and reached her conclusion based on publicly available information. If we can’t identify a mechanism by which such a pick generates performance, such advice will have no value. And we have not found any such mechanism, yet.
So, why does this industry exist? There are three reasons:
As I sat by the waters edge, watching those catching fish and barnacles
I thought of people, religion and those who intellectualize about both
Some win Nobel prizes and others return without much in the boat
Is this God’s plan or just a probabilistic outcome?
As the world spins in distress
As the Catholics fight the Jews, the Hindus and the Muslims
I heard some say religion is good and others fall prey to it
Is it me or my confused brain?
As I stood up on the heart of the third world
Ready to leap for the…
Humans trying to optimize a simple objective function with two parameters, sustenance and replication, often exhibit moral and ethical behaviors. It is unclear if these behaviors are rational and if there is a mathematical basis for it. The two factors in the objective function have different temporal and spatial effects.
Sustenance has to be optimized in a short time horizon compared to replication that affords higher flexibility and can be managed over longer horizons. Since sustenance is a necessary condition in short timeframes, one could expect those with harsh constraints, such as limited resources for food and shelter, to exhibit…
As millions burn in funeral pyre around the world, do you feel the pain? But then, such pain is ephemeral as billions clamor for tomorrow’s meal and the rest, Amazon’s deliveries. As they fall like dominos in the developing world, as the leader in cool shades try to make points in the West, humanity rots. Is there anybody out there?
I doubt it. As the scientists intellectualize for themselves and the religious pray for nobody else, the irrelevant blue dot continues to spin in distress. As the academics push for speculative ideas and the ones in the streets lose hope…
Gill Eapen is the founder and CEO of Decision Options ®, Mr. Eapen has over 30 years of experience in strategy, finance, engineering, and general management