Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mr. Jalil's petition

Original Bengali version by Humayun Ahmed
More about 1971 war atrocities


He said, with a smile, "I am the father of two martyrs. In 1971, both of my sons were killed."
I looked at him in surprise.
The guy was ordinary looking. Almost 60 years old.
He seemed strong enough compared to his age.
He was sitting straight, with a sharp gaze in his eyes.
He didn't have any glasses, which means his sight was good.
I asked, "How can I help you?"

He kept sitting, like before.
"I found a dead body," he said in a simple tone, "..buried it in Malibagh.
My youngest daughter lives in Malibagh."

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Theory induced blindness

An old Daniel Kahneman article on theory induced blindness 

"Once you have accepted a theory, it is extraordinarily difficult to notice its flaws. "

And we are never going to notice flaws if every time the theory fails to explain something, we keep saying "there's something mysterious about it that is beyond my intelligence" instead of questioning it.