Jayary 346

The gap between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is symptomatic of an even more important gap: between humans and the gods (and in another track, between humans and other animals).

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Jayary 345

Widening the gap. What I like about the Jaya is that there's only a small gap separating the heroes from the villains. Don't believe me? Consider two pairs: Duryodhana and Bhima; Karna and Arjuna.

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Jayary 344

Descartes was worried that the devil might prevent him from seeing the world as it is: making him see a snake when there's nothing more than a rope. Or worse: substitute a rope for a snake. So he retreated inward to the certainties of perceptual experience, to be replaced later by the certainties of logic.

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Jayary 343

We know the standard version of the serpent and the rope: let's say you're walking down a dimly lit path in Hosur while talking to a friend and almost stumble upon a serpentine object. Do you run away or keep walking?

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Jayary 336

December 1st. I am tired. It's been an exhausting trip through the Jaya. The daily discipline is both freeing and severely restrictive. Reading everyday is hard; writing everyday makes it that much harder.

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Jayary 335

I could go on and on about the subtleties of causation and inference, but what's the point? Is there a relationship with the Jaya? Or more narrowly, is there a relationship with the four archetypal figures: Jaratkaru, Garuda, Damayanti and Agastya?

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Jayary 334

So why does causation here make me perceive there? How do I end up seeing smoke on top of the hill when all the photons are right here in my retina?

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Jayary 333

Let's recap for a moment: fire causing smoke is a physical event. The perception of smoke causing the perception of fire is a causal event. The perception of smoke being the perception of smoke isn't a causal event. 

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Jayary 332

Clearly an inference isn't a causal event - for causality always proceeds from the past to the future. Wait! Isn't it the case that perceiving smoke causes the cognition of fire?

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Jayary 331

Story time, as we know is not the same as real time. In the Adi Parva Jaratkaru is forced by his beleaguered ancestors to bear a child and continue their lineage. Two thousands pages later, Agastya becomes a householder after running into his beleaguered ancestors.

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Jayary 329

The rising sea isn't my metaphor. It comes from unpublished writings of the great French mathematician, Alexander Grothendieck.

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Jayary 328

While the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is at the heart of the epic, the first few parvas have much else in them.

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Jayary 327

So there you go: it's taken me almost a year to have an idea that should have been obvious from the beginning. Or rather, it's two ideas that feed off each other. Wait, it gets better: it's two ideas, both of which are two ideas that feed off each other.

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