October 2005

CBS News has published another survey on American attitudes towards evolution: “Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process.” Personally I’m going to ignore the second number,…

Read More The United States of Mass Delusion

Today was the first of two days of meetings with the staff of the former SeeBeyond operation in Hyderabad. On this occasion I was tagging along with Dale Ferrario, VP of Sun’s business integration software group. (Dale and I go way back: he’s been at Sun 18 years – almost as long as I have…

Read More Day 8 – welcome to Sun for the SeeBeyond team in Hyderabad

Among the most interesting galleries at the Salar Jung Museum was the one devoted to contemporary Indian art (i.e. since 1900). The works therein betray a real struggle to work out the relationship between Indian artistic traditions and the wide range of (mostly European) influences, from impressionism to cubism to minimalism. My favourite piece (which…

Read More Looking for M. N. Roy's "After Bath"

Travel day. My original itinerary would have meant that I spent all day at Mumbai Airport, but thanks to colleagues in Pune I found myself booked on a direct flight to Hyderabad. This represented yet another “first”: my first flight on Air Sahara. The equipment was a Canadair CRJ, ex-Midway and now VT-SAO. Security at…

Read More Day 6

Suppose that you’re driving down a four lane, non-divided suburban street in the USA, with a sidewalk on each side. In decreasing order of frequency, you’d expect to encounter:– cars– trucks– buses– pedestrians– motorcycles– bicycles In India, the corresponding list would be something like:– bicycles– pedestrians (with or without pushcarts)– motor scooters– motorcycles (with up…

Read More My thoughts on Indian traffic

My last full day in Pune. The highlights were: Beating the traffic! I asked for the driver to come at 8am: he arrived at 7:50, and we made it out to the office in 20 minutes. (Yesterday it took over an hour.) I arrived ahead of most of the regulars; fortunately I had a badge…

Read More Day 5

More and more ordinary people – not pundits, columnists or politicians – are speaking up in defence of the values of the Enlightenment. This time it’s Adam Bosworth: “It is time to say that facts are what matter, not faith, that human progress is accomplished through unfettered use of reason and inquiry and tolerance and…

Read More On standing up against those who oppose reason

Just a brief note, as it’s late and I have to be up early tomorrow for a series of meetings. Setting aside the work… and the driving… what’s left? Oh, yes: food. Last night, after checkin in to my second hotel in Pune (The Pride), I ate in the Golden Arch. No, not Golden Arches…

Read More Day 3+4