Kunal Bavishi

Mumbai, India

About Kunal

Languages

English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi

An idea worth spreading

Infinite compassion is required to overcome the social entropy of daily lives.

Talk to me about

Metaphysics, Mental Models, Behavioral Psychology, Cognitive Biases, Ontology Epistemology.

People don't know I'm good at

Philosophy

My TED story

TED.com is the kind of site which evokes the natural hidden Polymath within all of us by serving us talks from the whole spectrum of topics ranging from philosophy to cultural anthropology to high energy physics and all this explained in a laymen's language.

Apart from gaining lots of knowledge and insights i would also say that i have become a complete TEDAddict, with already having seen more than 1000+ talks from site, and always trying to see more talks in free time.

TED is a great utopian story!!!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Kunal Bavishi
Posted about 4 hours ago
Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data?
Two very important points one should know when studying Big Data:- 1. Correlation is not the cause. 2. As data tends to infinity signal to noise ratio gradually moves toward zero. These points are nicely summarized by one of my favorite authors:- "The fooled-by-data effect is accelerating. There is a nasty phenomenon called “Big Data” in which researchers have brought cherry-picking to an industrial level. Modernity provides too many variables (but too little data per variable), and the spurious relationships grow much, much faster than real information, as noise is convex and information is concave. The more variables, the more correlations that can show significance in the hands of a “skilled” researcher..... This explains why in the twelve years or so since we have decoded the human genome, not much of significance has been found. I am not saying that there is no information in the data: the problem is that the needle comes in a haystack." http://www.wired.com/2013/02/big-data-means-big-errors-people/
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Kunal Bavishi
Posted 8 days ago
Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters
The ultimate reason why all of us need privacy is summarized by this beautiful quote:- "The version of ourselves we present to the world bears no resemblance to the truth. If we knew the truth about each other we could take no-one seriously. There isn't one of us who could afford to be caught. That's all life is. Trying not to be found out."
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Kunal Bavishi
Posted about 2 months ago
Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?
I really liked the sarcastic but deep meaning ending of this talk by Jim Holt, where he means to say that people are astonished about the absence of cell phone in his life, but laugh it out when he asks 'Why does the universe exist?' It really makes us think about our astonishment about absence of petty things in life, but absolutely lack of thinking about our own existence and about the question 'Why there is something rather than nothing?' This is a great philosophical talk.
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Kunal Bavishi
Posted 3 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
You reply on matters as if you are omniscient being. what do you mean by 'You can close your eyes for the truth, You can't be blamed. '? Have you attained salvation and are replying with the only version of truth or is this reply your version of truth which you are superimposing. you discuss a lot about brain, thinking that all neuroscience and brain research say is indicative. Remember this is a discussion on philosophy by David who is a philosopher and we are not discussing neuroscience here.
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Kunal Bavishi
Posted 3 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
I dont think you are getting my original argument here. Lets do a thought experiment by answering the following questions:- 1:> How will you study your 5 senses? 2:> How will you study your own consciousness? I hope you will be able to see the difference in answers you give to your own self. Hope that makes it clear.