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100 WORDS ON ENVY

I will start with a very, very weird manifestation of envy: we strangely (but innately) prefer to have less rather than more, WHEN the *more* is less than our neighbors’ BUT the *less* is more than our neighbors’. Friends, the inverse rarely holds. Carefully consider these two scenarios: Scenario 1: you worth $865,080, while your Read More

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BAUDELAIRE'S ‘L'Albatros’ AND THE RESOURCE CURSE

Ses ailes de géant l’empêchent de marcher – Wole Soyinka, and the fumes of Nigeria petroleum –  The best way to waste your time (assuming you want to) I am not a poem-person (most likely to my disadvantage), but I somehow stumbled on the 1861 Charles Baudelaire’s ‘L’Albatros’ several years ago. I can’t remember understanding Read More

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BAUDELAIRE’S ‘L’Albatros’ AND THE RESOURCE CURSE

Ses ailes de géant l’empêchent de marcher – Wole Soyinka, and the fumes of Nigeria petroleum –  The best way to waste your time (assuming you want to) I am not a poem-person (most likely to my disadvantage), but I somehow stumbled on the 1861 Charles Baudelaire’s ‘L’Albatros’ several years ago. I can’t remember understanding Read More

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MATHEMATICIAN, CEDRIC VILLANI ON SCIENCE AND CREATIVITY

Cédric Villani is a French mathematician, who was awarded the Fields Medal in 2010 (one of the highest award in the field of mathematics). He specializes in partial differential equations, Riemannian geometry and mathematical physics. I recently listened to his talk at the Royal institution on the birth of ideas. It’s a pretty neat talk, Read More

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AN ARGUMENT FOR LESS WORK COUPLED WITH INSANE PRODUCTIVITY

Majority of us operate with a dangerous assumption: working less translates to a ‘gaunted’ productivity and VICE-VERSA. We literally think working for longer hours necessarily translates to increased productivity. I have been ingrained in this faulty reasoning for the longest time ever. And given the fact I love to do a hundred different things at Read More

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THE CHIBOK GIRLS: ABUJA IS TOO FAR FROM CHIBOK.

  My last blog post was on skin-in-the-game, here is a sequel, with a very, very significant applicability: The Chibok Girls. … After watching the ‘proof-of-life’ video about a week ago on CNN, I have been pondering on the same question posed in the CNN article: “How was it that two years after Boko Haram Read More