Monthly Archives: June 2011

Data to Wisdom

Continuing the thread of discussions on numeracy, here are some thoughts on how we can use numeric data to act with wisdom. Public Distribution System Dr. R. Balasubramanyam, working with Lok Ayukta of Karnataka, investigated the corruption and mal-administration in … Continue reading

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Numeracy

“Scientific temper describes an attitude which involves the application of logic and the avoidance of bias and preconceived notions.” We regularly deal with numbers in our daily life. As parents and teachers we have a responsibility to make our children numeracy aware. We … Continue reading

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Scientific Temper and Political Life – Strange Bedfellows

Today’s newspapers carry a paid advertisement from the Government of Karnataka – spending tax payers’ money. It is an open letter from the current Chief Minister to the previous Chief Minister, who is the son of ex Prime Minister. The … Continue reading

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Scientific Temper in Daily Life – 2

Constitution of India, Section 51A states “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India— …(h) to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform;” Wikipedia states, “Scientific temper describes an attitude which involves the … Continue reading

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Scientific Temper in Daily Life – 1

Standards In 1980 I bought a traditional coconut grater – a steel grating leaf bolted to a wooden stool. As it lost many teeth, in June 2011 I bought a new leaf to replace the old one. I did not … Continue reading

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Coherence

Software developers use the term ‘coherence’ in their work. It means logical, orderly and consistent relation of parts. Baba Ramdev’s demands in Bhrashtachar Mitao Satyagraha includes “7. Educational curriculum in Bharatiya Languages – Curriculum and examinations of engineering, medical, agriculture should … Continue reading

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Corruption of Dignity

A huge crowd cheered and applauded Anna Hazare when he addressed a public meeting at National College grounds, Bangalore, on 28 May 2011. Today’s headlines reports Anna Hazare’s open support to Baba Ramdev in his fight against corruption. We have … Continue reading

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