Knowledge Begets Knowledge

I read the book Thinking Fast And Slow for the first time in 2012. I managed to read 25 percent of the book with reasonable comprehension. After that my understanding started to dip and I stopped reading. I felt miserable and thought I was dumb and that’s why I couldn’t understand it. I read the…

Learning From an Ice Fish

All vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) possess red cells in their blood. Red blood cells contain large amounts of the hemoglobin molecule, which binds oxygen as blood cells circulate through the lungs or gills, and then releases it as red cells circulate through the rest of the body. Without the hemoglobin molecule none…

The Algebra of Evolution

In the deserts of Arizona, million-year-old black lava flows are inhabited by rock pocket mice. In this region, the mouse can be seen in two colors dark black and sandy-colored. The dark color mouse are found most often in black lava rocks. And white color mouse are found most often in sandy-colored habitat. Take a…

Why is evolution hard to understand?

Alan Turing is considered by many to be the father of computer science. In his 1936 paper on computable numbers he wrote that – It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence. Back then many would not have believed in that statement. But today around 1.4 billion people…

Tales from the Genome – 1

Human beings are complex multicellular organisms where as Amoeba is a single celled organism. Do you know who has more genetic material in them? The answer is surprising; Amoeba has 670 billion units of DNA compared to 3 billion units in humans. What do we learn from this? It is not the quantity but the sequence (order)…

Evolution

Our universe got created 13.7 billion years ago. Consider the following data point to get a sense of how big our universe is. From Earth, light takes 1.29 seconds to reach Moon 8 minutes to reach Sun 322 minutes to reach Pluto 93 billion years to reach the edge of Universe Where did everything come…