Consider this...

"I wish to propose for ther reader's favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. I must, of course, admit that if such an opinion became common it would completely transform our social life and our political system; since both are at present faultess, this must weigh againt it." - Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays"

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Many science books this year. One of them, Spencer Well’s book about how genetics helps us understand our ancestors’ journey out of Africa and subsequent spread around the world, planted the seed of a desire to visit Africa.

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Imagine a picture. In the lower part, put golden-tan grass, 30-50 cm high, permanently leaning at about a 15° angle due to the prevalent winds. Since you are imagining this picture, do it on 360°, with the grass stretching to the horizon all around.

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Morning at 06:00, standing on a hotel balcony overlooking the Ganga at Assi Ghat in southern Varanasi.

In the darkness, a distant sound of chanting — a man’s voice, of course. Later, another, similar one joins it in unrehearsed counterpoint. Then, softly, drums, their rhythm possessing no regularity detectable to most western ears.

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