My Indian lecture tour

I head off to India for about three weeks starting December 15, and will give a series of lectures in five cities. The talks are sponsored by The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (special thanks to Professor L. S. Shashidhara of Pune for organizing this).

It will be busy and probably exhausting, but I always enjoy meeting my Indian colleagues, and at the end there’s a reward in Delhi: a friend’s son is getting married and I’m invited to the ceremony. It won’t be one of those religious groom-rides-in-on-a-white-horse affairs, but it will be fun, and my first Indian wedding.

For my Indian readers, here is the schedule giving dates and topics. I don’t have times or venues, but you can contact the relevant institutions to get those, or I’ll post them here if they tell me. There are several topics ranging from straight scientific research on speciation to free will and “ways of knowing.” If you do want to come, I’ll be glad to sign any of my books that you bring.

Here are the talks in chronological order:

I will, of course, put up posts documenting my travels and all the good local food I expect to have (and have requested as my only emolument). I look forward to revisiting one of my favorite countries.

Jai Hind!


  1. yazikus
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    That sounds delightful. I haven’t been to India since the late nineties, though I’d very much like to go again. The wee cow reminds me of the one that lived outside my gate.

  2. DrBrydon
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    The problem of learning about a country like India from its History is that you have no idea what the modern place names are. Oh, Bengaluru is Bangalore, and Thiruvananthapuram is Trivandrum. Got it. Sounds awesome. Have fun!

  3. Posted November 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    On drosophila, Spike Milligan, who spent his childhood in Pune, wrote,

    How teeny weeny wee
    Is the little tiny flee
    But last night in my hotel
    He made me scratch like merry hell.

    • Subhash B. Pillai
      Posted November 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

      Warm welcome to Thiruvananthapuram/ Trivandrum!

  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Hope it clears up some over there. I saw the other day in New Deli you couldn’t see across the street.

  5. Michael Fisher
    Posted November 23, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Bengaluru? An opportunity then to hook up with Mr. Das & the female Jerry Coyne.

  6. Posted November 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I Love India. Namaste

  7. Les Faby
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Names like Mumbai instead of Bombay are reverting back to the pre-colonial names.
    I get a lot of vicarious pleasure from your Indian posts.

  8. ELvis
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 3:19 am | Permalink

    Great to see you coming back to India . Sadly you are not coming to my state (tamil nadu) , even so I will try to get into one of your lectures .
    Hope you have a great trip and enjoy some great food .
    PS: kerala (thiruvananthapuram) has some great fish curry and also banana chips
    Delhi is famous for tungde kabab and also the mughal biryani
    Bengaluru you get great idli/dosa (rice pancakes ? )

    • Posted November 24, 2017 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      Malayalam is a language of Kerala. Does anyone know of any other palindromic names of languages?

  9. Rupinder Sayal
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    That’s great news! I’m in Jalandhar, about 3 hours away from Mohali (Punjab). So delighted to get the chance to finally meet you in person! Welcome to India!
    P.S. Although I know your hosts have got it all covered, but please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.

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