Smartphones restrict our access to information. Are they preventing our intellectual growth?

Smartphones restrict our access to information. Are they preventing our intellectual growth? What did we do? When we all had desktop computers way back in 2007, 8, 9, etc., we accessed too much information, we learned too many truths, many of us collectively researched across “the internet” and we found out things we weren’t supposed to know. And we posted about them and linked to references. Oops. Well now you’ve done it. In fact, we all did it. So the system is reacting. The system responded. The system created Smart Phones as a response to the population accessing way too much data and learning farRead More →

Pashtun nationalist youth of the Facebook variety, labor under the illusion that if and when Pakistan breaks, “Afghan nationalism” (whatever that infers) will benefit. No, I am afraid not!  The Afghan nationalism they mention, exists only in talk on Facebook and internet forums. It isn’t there on the ground.   What would happen if Pakistan were to break somehow…is just an intensification and worsening of what is going on now around us. In this, Pakistan has (or rather, had) a hand no doubt – but it now has dynamics of its own: a seething sea of tribal chaos and corruption, in which rival warlords, gangsRead More →

In the Indian subcontinent there is a strange proverb, ‘A true Khan always excels and is a born king’. This is the reason why so many individuals in the sports or entertainment industry of India and Pakistan are called “King Khans”. Strangely many have nothing to do with being a Pashtun. Not many know that the reason behind this is due to the life of a man who lived 500 years ago and who was named Farid Khan. What made this man so great that Even the British historian Henry Geroge Keene had to write about him, “No government-not even the British [imperial administration] hasRead More →