Meet Dr. Priyamvada Gopal


Psychology

Priyamvada Gopal, a lady who teaches English at Cambridge, feels traumatized by a porter at King’s College who didn’t call her Dr. Gopal. She isn’t Priyamvada. She isn’t even Dr. Priyamvada Gopal. She’s Dr. Gopal. Ah, the constant racist profiling and aggression of privileged, white male porters. With deep regret, sadness and 17 years of hard […]

June 19, 2018

Are Social Justice Warriors Snowflakes?


Psychology

Philosopher David Livingstone Smith begins his book Why We Lie with the story of Mel, a little girl who digs out corm, an edible bulb, from rock-hard Ethiopian ground in the dry season when food is scarce. Little Paul watched her. When Mel was done, Paul started crying loudly. Paul’s mother came out and ran after Mel, assuming she had […]

April 29, 2018

The Myth Of Mental Illness: The Case Of Asperger’s Syndrome


Psychology

“The most popular theory of autism is that of Simon Baron-Cohen, who thinks autistics have an extreme male brain. Men are better at understanding systems (systemizing) and women are better at understanding other people’s mind (empathizing). Autistics are better at systematizing, and bad at empathizing, and this has led to the extreme male brain theory. But […]

April 16, 2018

Robin Hanson And Kevin Simler’s The Elephant In The Brain


Psychology

Read my essay on Robin Hanson And Kevin Simler’s The Elephant In The Brain: “Our ancestors weren’t nice people. They kept slaves, looked forward to wars and sent people to concentration camps. It is easy to dismiss them as moral retards, but that would be setting the bar way too low. Slavery is bad, war is violence, and sending […]

March 31, 2018

The Pragmatic Case for Understanding Neurodiversity


Psychology

Read my article The Pragmatic Case for Understanding Neurodiversity in Quillette. I am convinced understanding neurodiversity is very important for moral behavior. I’m glad that economist Tyler Cowen blogged about this essay on Marginal Revolution. Edward Nevraumont,  Gordon White, psychologist Geoffrey Miller,  economist Alex Tabarrok, Christina Hoff Sommers, the fired Google engineer James Damore  and actor Travis Wester tweeted it.

March 31, 2018

The Human Cost of Zoning in Indian Cities


Economics And Politics

Read my article The Human Cost Of Zoning on FEE.org. I hope zoning in the third-world gets more attention with essays like this. I am glad that Financial Times, Bryan Caplan, Tyler Cowen, Alex Tabarrok, ACI Scholarly Blog Index, Orange County Register, Freakonometrics, Urbanomics and economist Ajay Shah blogged about this article. Government Of South Australia, Quartz shared it, and NYU Stern School Of Business’ Urbanization Project, Marron Institute,  and Brandon Fuller tweeted it.

March 31, 2018

Third World Objectivism


My Life

If Howard Roark were an architect in India, he would have been lynched by the mob. In The Fountainhead, Howard Roark is a kind, gentle man with strong values and principles. But, in a country where humility is considered the fundamental moral virtue, they would have sent this arrogant young man to a lunatic asylum, […]

March 31, 2018

The Lies Of The Land


Economics And Politics

Kerala is the most “socially developed” Indian state. It is also the state where mothers used to tuck their children into bed whispering the punishment for bed-time resistance. All it took to put a baby to sleep was a warning: “I will hand you over to communists.” Kerala is yet to go through an Industrial […]

March 31, 2018

Interview With David Friedman


Interviews

I met David Friedman at Starbucks in Connaught Place, the Central Business District of Delhi. Starbucks, which exemplifies the age of aesthetics, tends to maintain consistency in look, feel and attitude across the world. But, its store in Delhi’s premier market reeks of traditionalism, with bare cement interiors, local crafts and furniture. The Connaught Place market, though […]

March 31, 2018