You don’t know what I’ve been through

“You don’t know what I’ve been through. If you did, you would understand why I’m behaving this way.” Sounds great in theory. In practice, “you don’t know what I’ve been through” is the ultimate excuse for jerk behavior. Of course, they don’t really know. They can’t know. They didn’t experience that bad break up, the passing […]

Is everything alright

On the day before he passed away, Albert Einstein’s assistant, seeing him in pain, asked – “Is everything alright?” “Yes, everything is alright” – he said – “but I am not.” In 1916, Albert Einstein predicted that gravitational waves transport energy as gravitational energy. In February 2016, scientists in California confirmed this prediction a fully […]

Age and wisdom – correlation and causality

If you ever want to understand what Economists describe as the “Identification error” – mistaking correlation for causality – just take a look at the relationship between age and wisdom. There is undoubtedly some loose correlation between age and wisdom. Take a random 60 year old and a random 20 year old and it is likely […]

A few thoughts on age

1. The concept of age is largely a mental construct. Yes, our body does change over time . However, we often exaggerate changes to suit societal norms. 2. Societies  (especially more hierarchical ones) often attach many expectations to age. There are certain expectations on how to behave and how to live. The reason for this is […]