A long time ago, in 1980, after about six months of studying for an MA in Mathematics in Central College Bangalore, I dropped the course, wrote to the Government of India to stop my National Science Talent scholarship payments, and decided to study at home for the next two years to prepare for the IAS exam (which I took in 1981).
I had plenty of spare time during which I wrote on hundreds of topics, and made numerous philosophical notes. Altogether I wrote perhaps 2-3000 pages (each page containing about 100 words) using small sized school notebooks. I've lugged these notebooks around, hoping one day to re-read them and convert them into something if I find anything of value.
Yesterday I pulled out these notes on a random impulse to find out what I had written on the topic of freedom 30 years ago.
It is hard to find things in the middle of this pile, so I didn't find precisely what I was looking for but I was pleasantly surprised to find what I'd today call Hayekian views and views that Adam Smith advocated. I had no training in economics nor had ever read these authors, so such writings are of some interest to me.
When time permits, I'll scan and post some of the more interesting notes on this blog. Please ignore these posts if you wish (as I'm sure you do for topics that don't interest you).
Here's something amusing to kick-start this "series".
The Control Experiment to verify Astrology/ Palmistry
Below is the original note, as scanned (click for a bigger version).
1st day: Take a bearded man dressed up in shabby, tattered clothes to a palmist and record the predictions made by 10 different palmists on 10 questions.
1 month later: Allow the man to shave off his beard, wear brand new clothes, speak English in a fluent style and otherwise act differently as compared to the first instance. Record the predictions of the same 10 astrologers [palmists] now on the same 10 questions.
Treatment of data:
1. Find out the correlations between the 10 different predictions in each of the 2 cases.
2. Find out the difference (qualitative) between the predictions of each astrologer in the two cases.
A similar experiment can be conducted on astrology.
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