Saturday, February 15, 2014

Random Thoughts - Love_Lust

These fMRI scans show brain regions activated by sexual desire (in blue) compared to love (in pink) in healthy patients. The overlap in red illustrates how a patient’s brain lesion affected the area in the brain associated with decision-making in love.
Credit: Courtesy of Chris Frum and James Lewis/West Virginia University; Robin Weiss/University of Chicago

Via Science Daily

I assume the colours selected to represent love and lust have no significance.

Now we have definitions for love and lust.

Lust: Concrete representation of sensory experiences
Love: Abstract representation of those experiences

I guess it's not just visual experiences. You might lust after or fall in love with people just by reading their words without ever seeing them.
"The current work makes it possible to disentangle love from other biological drives,"

Friday, February 07, 2014

Maternal Ancestry of Malayalis - III

Since I have already decided that my matrilineage migrated via south-west coastal India, I thought of extending that idea to other haplogroups based on inconclusive data on predominance of certain haplogroups in certain regions. However, this method could still be true as Kerala was supposedly one of the last regions to be inhabited in South India.So, it basically was a sink region for different migrations.

M derived Haplogroups:
M33: From Indus regions to Kerala via South-West India
M2/M2a/M2b - From East via South-East India. Or migrated from Bengal region to Kerala
M3/M3b - From Indus regions to Kerala via South-West India
M5 - From Indus regions to Kerala via South-West India
M64 - From Indus regions to Kerala via SW India
M30 -  From Indus regions to Kerala via SW India
M6 - From Indus regions to Kerala via SW India
M8/M8c - From East Asia or SE Asia and through trade?
C4a1 - From East Asia or SE Asia and through trade?

N derived Haplogroups:
N1d: Via South-West India
B5a: From South-East Asia and through trade
R21: From SE Asia and through trade
R5: From East via SE India 
R6: From North-West via South-West India
U1/U1a - From North-West via South-West
U4 - From North-West via South-West
U7 - From North-West via South-West
HV14 - From North-West via South-West

1. Wikipedia articles on mtDNA M and N
2. FTDNA Kerala project

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Random Thoughts - IX_b

It's IT returns time and as usual the topic again comes into discussion. Some of the typical excuses that people give for trying to evade or pay less taxes are;
- Government eats up the money
- See the facilities that I have received. Bad roads, bad roads...

I wonder what percentage of tax money is lost to corruption. I don't have exact numbers. I'm thinking anything between 3 to 20% based on these two articles.

Now taking the worst case scenario, let's say in India we are losing 20% of our tax money to the corrupt officials. So, there are two observations that could be made.

1. Considering the fact 80% of the money is spent on developmental activities but even then it doesn't feel that way with the state of things on the ground, the money collected through taxes and money spent are very low for a country like India. I suppose higher proportion of allotment would have resulted in same percentage of loss to corruption but an effective higher amount for a project.

Only 2.7% of the population pay taxes (direct) and which make up 18-20% of total tax revenue. So possibilities are many. 

2. Considering still 80% of the money goes into developmental activities, individuals can still take heart that not everything is being wasted. The sense of victimhood that they exhibit is a mask or rationalization of their own corrupt self. I mean this point is very obvious without the data but somehow they feel that their passionate defence with raised voice and scandalized tone absolve them off their sins. But I still feel these hypocrites are better than honest corrupts.