Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Research Paper 1 (technical) 2.5-5 pages
Research paper 2 (general) 25-50 pages

Technical Research Paper Format - BUT this is NOT a FINITE design

Title (research question)
Sub-title (an extension of research question)
Abstract (should be written at the end of completing the paper)
Introduction (that proposes the problem)
Literature Review (Existing literature and researches on the topic)
Research Question Explained
Benefits of the finding
Further Readings

History of Books

Search on the following items - Cody's Bookshops, the film Berkley in the Sixties, Fred Cody, Mark Kitchel and study the photograph. The expletives are produced at an appropriate time, by appropriate people. Is it possible to fight the approaching darkness without expletives - well, there is the example of Nirad C. Chowdhury. Do check some of his books and see if the protest literature are different or SIMILAR in these two extreme cases. A note on the Photograph - "The restrooms at Cody's Telegraph Avenue store were equipped with blackboards and chalk."

Read the introduction to the New York Review Classics reprint here -

Nirad C. Chowdhury

Here is  a quote from the writing of Cody's Bookstore owner:"Cody’s maintained its reputation as a great venue for scholarly titles until the very end. One of the saddest moments in my career was in early 2006. Unlike most retailers who put excess inventory on sale, bookstores can return books that are no longer selling to publishers. We did this almost daily based on lists that were kicked out by the computer of titles with no sales for the previous nine months. I was pulling returns that day and noticed that on the returns  list was our last copy of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. I was stunned to think that I was taking the most important work of modern philosophy out of the store, but it hadn’t sold in over a year. I left it on the shelf anyway. But that was when  I realized that our time was up. Six months later we closed the Telegraph Avenue store."

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Writing Work Today Morning

Look at the Question below (you can find in the Additional Information part of the Common Application):

Please write an essay on the topic selected. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source.

This is a 650 Word Question. You can write anything and everything - this essay is an opportunity to "show off" your (1) Literary skill (2) Philosophical leanings (3) Career goals (4) Witticisms (5) Breadth of reading and writing.

resumE - reSume - ResumE

Friday, October 19, 2018

FOUR Versions of What we did Today

1. Today we started off the day with the extensive discussion of an article on Nietzsche, bringing in different areas of thought to our discussions. Post-Christian modernity, anti-egalitarian, Hegelian idealism, anti-Semitics, Schopenhauer's views on death being the ultimate solution, suffering, materialism and its branches in different contexts of society, consumerism, history and economy, Marx's views on historical materialism, the current idea of happiness being a flawed concept, exemplified by societies in Scandinavian countries - these were just some of the various ideas and philosophies discussed, all rooted from the same article about Nietzsche. We then ventured into Zia Haider Rahman's novel, 'In the Light of What We Know’, through a review by the New Yorker. Finally, there was the connection between Marx and Shakespeare through the opening lines of Hamlet and Marx's Communist Manifesto.

2. We started off the day with discussing Friedrich Nietzsche who is a German philosopher, an existentialist who diagnoses the most profound cultural fact about modernity, "The Death of God," in THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, which is the leading international weekly for literary culture. We discussed about Kant, Plato and Karl Marx. We had conversed about what Dutch disease is and about Western Philosophers. We had deliberated about Schopenhauer's statements what he had to say about Nietzsche. Later, we had been diverse to one of the British Novelist who is born in Sylhet, Bangladesh and wrote “In the Light of What We Know” and who is no other than Zia Haider Rahman. We had conferred about his biography and read it in "The New Yorker."

3. We started with reading article on Friedrich Nietzsche. From there we got a lot of references including post Christian modernity, Beethoven, anti-egalitarian of Nietzsche, neo-Kantian, Hegelian idealism, syllogism and post hoc rationalizations, Dutch-disease (a concept in macro-economics). From these references we started talking about our ideas of materialism and therefore veneer goods. So me read a bit about the "theory of the leisure class" written by Thorstein Veblen. We also talked about Karl Marx's communist manifesto and how the introduction to the "bourgeois and proletariat" was taken from Hamlet. We further talked about the novel "in the light of what we know" written by the author Zia Haider Rahman. we ended that discussion by reading the article The World as we know it, based on Zia Haider Rahman.

4. Our class today, started off with the introduction of Nietzsche, a German philosopher, whose work radiated two main concepts. Existentialism and illiberalism. Existentialism is the belief or the formation of one idea and the death of another. The idea of belief in god has died or/and is dying and the new idea that as god is dead, what will the truth of our existence. On retrospect, "illiberalism" is the concept of believing that moral equality is not essential in the world, as a sentient being who loves everyone equally does not exist. We also looked at some Shakespearean literature, some Marxist ideas on Materialism and on Zia Haider’s ‘In the Light of What We Know’. We looked at MIT’s Hamlet, and read some parts of the entire play. About Materialism, we read a paragraph on page 14 of The Communist Manifesto and also learnt about materialism through a story about a Bengali Film about two brothers. We also talked about some books on this topic such as ‘Fathers and Sons’ and the ‘Theory of the Leisure Class’. We read a review article on Zia Haider’s book on The New Yorker magazine. 

Tahsin's Report on UNESCO Courier

Sir, I have finished reading the magazine. There were some problems with electricity so it took a bit longer. It is a diverse magazine with a myriad of different articles, but the first one about Anton Chekhov hit home for me.
He was the foremost Russian dramatist, a humanist and most importantly, a writer. His works were unique as his manner of speaking radiated a touch of pessimism. It is amazing how such writer become so successful when literature was not his main passion, medicine was. His way of writing, simple and to the point, shows that brevity is much more important than complicated vocabulary. A simple, to-the-point sentence can be much better than a large allegory or paragraph. His mastery of short stories and his skill of establishing a sense of alarm amongst the crowd is testament to his brilliance.
The article also states ample descriptions about Patagonia. A stretch of land between two countries, Argentina and Chile, whose ambiance contains only of two extremes ice and fire. The writer flies over the two states, describing what he sees. He is immediately bewildered with the lack of concern over the many forest fires, set by the farmers, a ‘catalyst for clearance’ it can be said. So that, the newly available lands can be utilized for irrigation. The article also describes Punta Arenas, a city disparate from all civilization, bruised and battered from the strong headwinds and catastrophic maelstroms, taking the lives of many a ships. Yet, the city has learnt to roll with the punches and strive.
 It also shows the first processors of information, the first computers or better known as machines, who gave rise to the everyday, but infinitely important inventions of the cash registers and type writers. The magazine also boasts a collection of mini articles prevalent in many topics. It has articles on the Sahara, mobile libraries and many letters to the editor.
All in all, it is diverse experience and it also paints a picture on the standard of classical writing and literature. It is an example of what my writing should mimic and basically the standard my writing should reach.                           

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Everyone is requested to read the FULL 36 pages of Unesco Magazine. It has different types of articles. All of these have B&W Pictures, which is sure to take you through a different kind of journey. Here is the Link -

UNESCO Magazine

Nietzsche and Fulfillment 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Mathematics, Thermodynamics, Arcadia, and Tom Stoppard

Stoppard play ARCADIA stands as a great monument to the genre of Theatre of Ideas. It is a play full of  Nostalgia and Science. We had previously discussed Invention of Love and now it is Arcadia. Welcome to the world of words. It would be a fitting end-read for a day spent in READING, Reading, and reading. 

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