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Mayank Tiwari

Engineer. UPSC aspirant.

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A person you follow posted a new opinion on Nov, 04 2016

Ask Me Anything session with Bawa and Dinesh


No, it doesn't bother me much, I feel compassionate about them and feel they are doing this out of ignorance. I would wish that these people do some spirituality and do s


Mayank Tiwari Engineer. UPSC aspirant.

I have read that answer by you and what all the others had to say about it. If I may say so, I would agree with the other answers, that you are insanely greedy for knowledge.

I was reading your wiki and was surprised to see the list of things that you know and teach. I mean, an IIT grad, practicing yoga, plays piano and even knows how to cook (teaches as well). Its just amazing.


I am honoured that through AwareMonk I got an opportunity to interact with such a personality like you.

I have read that answer by you and what all the others had to say about it. If I may say so, I would agree with the other answers, that you are insanely greedy for knowledge. I was reading your wiki and was surprised to see the list of things that you know and teach. I mean, an IIT grad, practicing

Mayank Tiwari posted an opinion to a discussionOct, 26 2016

Is the government spending on projects and salaries the prime mover of our economy now ?

Though I agree second part of the opinion that with fiscal pressure and oil price hike will affect the economy and it will affect growth but foreign investments are just doing fine. Mad rush of 2015 is not there now.

The deal flow has remained same but valuations have become very realistic now.



Mayank Tiwari posted an opinion to a discussionOct, 24 2016

AMA with Dr. JayaPrakash Narayan

Hello sir I have been waiting for this AMA. I am a UPSC aspirant. I have left my comfortable job with a motive of serving the nation. But is it even worth it? Is system inside so corrupted that one cannot change everything.
A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 29 2016

Has Mr Modi redeemed the entire 56 inches of his chest and silenced critics ?

Nilesh Pathak had posted

This has been a long time coming. I am a pacifist at heart but the list of attacks originating from Pakistan has been growing alarmingly.. Mumbai train bombs, 26/11, Parl


Mayank Tiwari Engineer. UPSC aspirant.

I consider myself a pacifist. One of the best martial artists I've ever know also considers himself as such. Not verbatim, but this is what he told me once when I asked about how he reconciled the two. "A man who does nothing when good people are getting hurt is no true pacifist. By doing nothing, he is allowing pain and violence to occur under his care. A true pacifist hates violence, but understands that force is at times the only option to prevent more from occurring."
I consider myself a pacifist. One of the best martial artists I've ever know also considers himself as such. Not verbatim, but this is what he told me once when I asked about how he reconciled the two. "A man who does nothing when good people are getting hurt is no true pacifist. By doing nothing, h

A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 28 2016

With today's tweet, Kejriwal would have lost a huge support base

Rohit pande had posted

Isn't people's quest for change making them elect ever worst choices ? Maybe one day voters would reject the idea of choice itself


Mayank Tiwari Engineer. UPSC aspirant.

Then people might reject the idea of democracy itself

A person you follow posted a new opinion on Sep, 28 2016

Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision. Can it ever be a reality?

Nikhil Dua had posted

Look, absolutely nothing Elon Musk proposes is realistic. At first he said he wanted to build an electronic payments company before the Internet was even popular. Then he


Mayank Tiwari Engineer. UPSC aspirant.

Your 40 years extrapolation seems implausible, as it is based on two assumptions, which are questionable at best: 1) complexity of problems of moving people 140 million miles and keeping them safe in extremely harsh and dangerous environment is similar to the complexity of problems that SpaceX and Tesla are solving; 2) humankind's technological abilities will continue to progress exponentially (which is needed to solve the above-mentioned complex problems).
Your 40 years extrapolation seems implausible, as it is based on two assumptions, which are questionable at best: 1) complexity of problems of moving people 140 million miles and keeping them safe in extremely harsh and dangerous environment is similar to the complexity of problems that SpaceX and T

Mayank Tiwari disagreed with an opinion onSep, 27 2016

Has Mr Modi's speech today already replied to Pakistan's aggression or is it just a PR rehash

Rohit pande had posted

But would the blood thirsty supporters egged on by their favorite superstar anchors who urge Mr Modi to break up Pakistan like cutting a melon be satisfied ? What would b



Mayank Tiwari started a new discussionSep, 26 2016

Modi's talk to work ratio is a reciprocal of manmohan's talk to work ratio

Nothing fails a bad product more than a good marketing
Mayank Tiwari posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 26 2016

USA is great because of its education system. TIL that China too has a very strong education system. When will India learn?

Articles linked here talks about EdTech investments, which have been happening in India too.

But it too faces problems which are similar to Indian problems in education:

1.) How do you provide a decent education to more than a billion people, while at the same time providing the right opportunities to "the best and the brightest?"

2.) How do you encourage creativity and problem-solving, while at the same time discouraging the kind of questioning that the CCP believes will "destabilize society" and undermine the Party's power?

3.) How do you preserve essential elements of Chinese culture, while at the same time being open to innovation and good new ideas?

4.) How do you provide fair education opportunities in a society that suffers from low levels of trust and endemic corruption?

Articles linked here talks about EdTech investments, which have been happening in India too.But it too faces problems which are similar to Indian problems in education:1.) How do you provide a decent education to more than a billion people, while at the same time providing the right opportunities to
Mayank Tiwari started a new discussionSep, 25 2016

India is dying of thirst, can we please talk about it?

We have seen Latur, that too was lucky to get some media attention. We are seeing what's happening in Tamilnadu and Karnataka

22 out of 32 major cities in India suffer from a water shortage. E.g. Jamshedpur has a 70% gap between demand and supply. Faridabad, Meerut, Kanpur, Asansol, Dhanbad, Madurai and Hyderabad have a shortage of 30%.

Delhi needs 415 crore litres of water everyday byt gets only 315 crore litres. 100 Crore litres short.

Central ground water board report here in Jharkhand says that ground water level is going down by 6 feet every year. Ranchi wouldn't be left with any ground water in 10 years and yet its identified only as semi critical zone. Dhanbad and Ramgarh are identified as critical zones.

It is estimated that by 2030 India will have a 50% demand and supply gap.

Latur can turn into a ghost town pretty soon if it doesnt rain now. The administration is able to provide only 6 litres of water everyday to public through rationing. 6 litres, is 4 large bottles of sprite or coke.

We have seen Latur, that too was lucky to get some media attention. We are seeing what's happening in Tamilnadu and Karnataka 22 out of 32 major cities in India suffer from a water shortage. E.g. Jamshedpur has a 70% gap between demand and supply. Faridabad, Meerut, Kanpur, Asansol, Dhanbad, Madurai
Mayank Tiwari posted an opinion to a discussionSep, 25 2016

There is no such thing as knowledge. After 30 years of pursuit, this is my conclusion.

I always liked Hume's problem of induction as a skeptical argument against the possibility of knowledge. It doesn't say that we don't know anything, only that it's possible we might not know anything due to the practice of drawing general rules from specific instances that are consistent.

The example often cited is "Because all swans observed are white, it can be conclude all swans are white." We can see that this type of generalization suffers from limited scope of observation which goes in hand with knowledge needing to be justified (in which case this is). However its truth can never be verified, only its falsehood. I always viewed it as justified (but not necessarily true) until falsified.

The overall issue with forming knowledge this way is that the only time we are certain of a statement's truth value is when we find an example to the contrary, it will never be positively proven.

For example, the law of gravity. Every observation we have ever made suggests that our current understanding is correct and universally applicable, however a single non-compliant example would be the only thing necessary to prove it's falsehood. Unless we can be sure that we have exhaustively observed all of existence our generalizations can never be confirmed, merely known to be exceedingly probable.

I always liked Hume's problem of induction as a skeptical argument against the possibility of knowledge. It doesn't say that we don't know anything, only that it's possible we might not know anything due to the practice of drawing general rules from specific instances that are consistent. The exampl

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