Note to readers

I’ll be traveling in India from tomorrow through January 5, and will probably have only sporadic access to internet. I’ll do my best to post from time to time, and of course will take plenty of photos (I’m promised lots of good local meals, so stay tuned).

In the meantime, please refrain from emailing me more than, say, once a week or so, as I won’t be able to handle emails efficiently, and please hold onto your wildlife photos until I return.

Grania will be handling the Hili Dialogues in my absence, but as she’s busy, too, don’t expect much more than the dialogue itself each morning.

I’ll add my schedule below should you be in one of the five cities I’m speaking in (Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune, Bengalaru, and Thiruvananthapuram); times and venues aren’t added, but should be easy to find with a phone call.  It seems like a punishing schedule, with ten talks in about twenty days, but I’ll be able to refuel with local delicacies.



  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    … I’m promised lots of good local meals …

    You gonna be able to find a chop-suey joint open for Xmas, boss?

    • Posted December 14, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      Ha! In India I don’t need to do that–they’re mostly Hindu. There is a general celebration of Xmas, though I don’t recall stores being closed.

    • Posted December 15, 2017 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      Apparently there’s a whole Indianized Chinese cuisine. (Not surprising since there’s an American and Canadian one, etc.) Might be fun to try. (Then again, with all the other choices, opportunity costs …)

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Continue to educate people because there is always more to do.

  3. Posted December 14, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Oh, a topic about the non-existent free will, that’s great. I am curious how the reactions to this topic will be in the indian audience. Is there perhaps more resistance to accepting this assumption than in a western audience, or is it even on fertile ground – because of traditional karma attitudes?

    • Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Does karma make one calmer?

      • Posted December 14, 2017 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        There are some elements of determinism in the karma doctrine: each, literally every action has an effect and there is no God intervening from outside.
        Karma, therefore, comes about through a kind of natural law, which could be an approach to acceptance, that there is no free will.

  4. Posted December 14, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Greg & Matthew will have no excuses surely? End of term/semester, no stooodents to lecture to!

    I jest! 😉

  5. Posted December 14, 2017 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Great trip! Have fun and stay safe! 🙂

  6. Dave B
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    That photo of Jerry with the calf screams caption contest. I’ll start:

    “coochie woochie woochie wooo”

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

      Pray Sir, tell me whose Kew are you?”

  7. Craw
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I haven’t seen this linked here, and think it might be of interest. Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying have an article about TESC.

  8. BJ
    Posted December 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Gaia Weiss could make a guest post while you’re away! I love Vikings and would have a blast hearing about it, especially with regard to how and what level of verisimilitude is achieved by both the actors and the production team. Getting the perspectives of one of the actors on the show would be enormous fun! Or even other stuff about acting and whatnot.

    Any possibility Grania could make a suggestion to Ms. Weiss?

    • Posted December 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      I liked Vikings too, you come a little further in your imagination, how it might have been, back then at the times of the Northmen.

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