The Third Curve – The end of growth?

Watch Mansoor Khan‘s passionate pitch about how we’ve hit “Peak Oil” and have consequently reached the end of economic growth which we’ve assumed to perpetual so far. No only have we exhausted earth’s ability to sustain this growth, but the risky financial engineering necessary to create this illusion of growth will collapse too! The Third Curve – is his book which talks about this crisis staring at humanity.

Mansoor spoke at the IITBAA Pune Chapter function on 28th June. He studied at IITB, Cornell and MIT – but never completed a course in any of these institutes. He shot to fame as the director of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988.

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Emotions and Neuroplasticity – how our brain works

Watch Arvind Pendse’s talk about Emotions, Neuroplasticity and how we interpret world around us.

Emotions: What are emotions? Why are they there? Are they universal or culture based? What is Emotional Quotient? How important is it? Can we improve EQ? Can we regulate and control emotions? Can we conquer anger and other negative emotions, addictions and impulsive behavior? Two levels at which reprogramming could be done to regulate formation of emotions and their effect on our actions. Our personality is nothing but our emotional make up. How much of it is inborn? How much of it is genetic? Can we really mould our personality?

Brain Plasticity: Part of the answers of questions raised above are in knowing how plastic our brain is and how much can we change it? What are some of the techniques? Principles behind the techniques like meditation. Interesting actual examples of change in brain network would be discussed. Any discussion about what is changeable and what is not changeable would be incomplete without understanding how and to what extent our genes control us.

Mistakes in interpreting world around us: Some interesting examples of how we are genetically and evolutionarily programmed to commit mistakes in interpreting world around us. Understanding of these natural tendencies can help us avoid these mistakes and lead more rational life.

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The IUCAA story by Dr. Jayant Narlikar – building scientific institutions

Watch Dr. Jayant Narlikar talk about the story of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), the prestigious research institute based in Pune. Dr. Narlikar was the founder director of IUCAA. Under his direction IUCAA has acquired a world-wide reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research in astronomy and astrophysics. He retired from this position in 2003. He is now Emeritus Professor at IUCAA.

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Marathi Vidnyan Parishad – 48th Science Convention

Watch the full video proceedings of the 48th Marathi Science Convention held at Lonavla on 7-8 December, 2013.

लोणावळा येथील मनशक्ती प्रयोग केंद्राच्या विस्तीर्ण जागेत ७ डिसेंबर २०१३ ला सकाळी १० वाजता ४८व्या अखिल भारतीय मराठी विज्ञान अधिवेशन सुरु झाले. महाराष्ट्रातून तसेच महाराष्ट्राबाहेरून सुमारे तीनशे विज्ञान प्रसारक प्रतिनिधी अधिवेशनासाठी जमले होते. “सर्जनशिलतेकडून संशोधनाकडे” या विषयाभोवती गुंफलेल्या या अधिवेशनात भारतात गेल्या शेकडो वर्षांपासून चालत आलेल्या विज्ञान-तंत्रज्ञानापासून आजच्या आणि उद्याच्या अत्याधुनिक विज्ञान-तंत्रज्ञानापर्यंत सुसंगत असलेल्या संशोधनाच्या दिशांचा मागोवा घेतला गेला.

वैज्ञानिक संशोधनास चालना देणे, दैनंदिन जीवनात विज्ञानाचा वापर करत विज्ञान व तंत्रज्ञानाचे महत्त्व वाढविणे, विज्ञानाच्या माध्यमातून पर्यावरण, ऊर्जा, आरोग्य, महिला सक्षमीकरण करत विकास करणे आदी विषयांवर विस्तृत चर्चा झाली. सगुणा बागचे, शेखर भडसावळे, डॉ. सतीश देसाई, “आरतीचे’चे आनंद कर्वे, मिटकॉनचे विजयकुमार चोले आदींनी चर्चासत्रांमध्ये त्यांचे विचार मांडले.

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The Master Keys that control world trade – Praful Talera

Praful Talera, MD of Dynamic Logistics talks about the geo-politics and geo-economics of international maritime trade.

Business is a combination of war & sport, and military strategy and business strategy have a lot in common. The world has moved on from geopolitics to geo-economics. The British during their maritime domination of the world identified these specific chokepoints on the map as they are called and used them to control trade, hence they also referred to them as – The Master Keys That Control World Trade. It is very interesting to understand them as they shape not only global politics but also the economics of the world. Even though we do not realize this fundamental fact, our lives are shaped by this logic – Geography they say is Destiny!

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Why Statistics – A talk by Dr. Anil Gore

Listen to this fascinating talk by Dr. Anil Gore about statistics and its use for solving interesting everyday problems. He discusses the need for statistics and its application to make sense of the deluge of information we’re faced with.

Dr. Gore was a Professor of Statistics at University of Pune, and is current the VP of statistical services at Cytel. This presentation was organized as part of the Innovidya talk seties.

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How to lead a healthy life – Dr. Rajiv Sharangpani

Dr. Rajiv Sharangpani talks about leading a healthy and fit life till your last day, and how NOT to get trapped in the so called “healthcare system” which is getting more insidiously commercial by the day. According to Dr. Sharangpani what we have in the developed countries, and now in India, is not Health-care but disease-care. It is an eco-system that tries to maximise return on investment by the various stakeholders – doctors, hospitals, pharma companies, and medical equipment manufacturers. It does this by creating a fear psychosis, and prescribing unnecessary tests, medicines and surgeries, sometimes doing great harm to the “customer”, the hapless patients. He gave this talk at the IIT Bombay Alumni Association Pune Chapter meet.

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