Thursday, February 14, 2008

This I believe

This I believe is a show on NPR. National Public radio is one of the best parts of being in the US. While we extrapolate an anti-Bush & anti-aggressive-foreign-policy stance to anti-America in general, NPR is one of the many glorious contradictions to such generalizations. While you may read my thoughts on NPR here, I took on the subject of one of it's programs to say this:

"How we behave in unmanned traffic signals says a lot about who we are."

- This I believe

Sunday, February 10, 2008

That song in your head

Remember that song in your head that you cannot rid of?

I recently read Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks. I've only started recently reading on Neurology, & as a book, I perhaps rate "Phantoms in the brain" slightly higher than this one by Sacks only because I understood a lot more & a lot more was explained. However, the sheer variety of ways in which we appreciate music is quite unfathomable as are the number of minuscule ways in which this fine balance can be upset. And this is particularly why this book is closer to our lives while "Phantoms" - while still about the human brain - does not quite connect at the same level.

If you've ever wondered about music, like it or dislike it, but cannot ignore it, this is the book to read to find out a lot more about how & why it affects us.

I cannot listen to music while doing something else. It is good to know that this is 'NOT' a condition. :)