Can We Build Social Trust in an Online World?

Nov 27, 2020

For every reader who bothers to write to the author, there must be a hundred others. One reader, Paritosh, wrote to Fair Observer regarding one of my articles that invoked well-understood principles of neuroplasticity to explain how any learning system, child or artificial intelligence (AI) can be...

Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

Social Learning Can Help Transform Crisis Into Opportunity

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?
Nov 17, 2020

Where Do We Stand With the Pfizer Vaccine?

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic
Oct 27, 2020

The Perils of Federalism in Time of Pandemic

Making the “Now Normal” Work

Making the “Now Normal” Work

Oct 26, 2020

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic and the associated lockdowns, it seemed like things would never wholly go back to how they were. We discovered that people could work efficiently from home without being monitored in the office. Students, some of whom had previously moved across the world...

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

Making the Right Decisions to Combat the Coronavirus

Oct 23, 2020

If the current pandemic is a test of the global emergency response system, the international community is flunking big time. It has done just about everything wrong, from the failure to contain the coronavirus early on to the lack of effective coordination thereafter. As the predicted second wave...

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Not Even a Pandemic Can Halt the War on Women’s Rights

Oct 15, 2020

In 1994, the United Nations coordinated the first International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which resulted in the Programme of Action that formally recognized the right to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR), including the right to safe abortion...

A Year On, the Clean India Mission Falls Short

A Year On, the Clean India Mission Falls Short

Oct 08, 2020

Research amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the virus is transmitted through wastewater. This makes it crucial to revisit the goals of India’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission, or SBM) that came to a close almost exactly a year ago. While there were substantial...

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Getting an Education in the Age of COVID-19

Sep 25, 2020

In a matter of months, the novel coronavirus has swept across the globe and entirely up-ended our understanding of normality. Now, as the virus continues to rage and signs of a second surge are emerging even before the first has ended, we’re rethinking everything we’d assumed and hoped for at...

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

Scientists’ Social Engagement Is Needed to Stem the COVID-19 Pandemic

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the unpreparedness and inability of many countries to effectively manage complex risks and ensure community resilience. An important dimension of this dangerous flaw is the sharp divide between those who rely on science to shape policies and actions, and...

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

We Can Still Win the War on Plastic

Sep 12, 2020

For many years, even decades, before the current global pandemic, environmental advocates have waged a war against single-use plastic. We’ve been winning that war. More and more consumers are carrying reusable bags for groceries and other shopping items, asking restaurants to use more...

Why We Need to Rethink the Origin of Our Food

Why We Need to Rethink the Origin of Our Food

Aug 19, 2020

Ever since the “most unlikely” Dutch scientist and pioneering microbiologist Anton van Leeuwenhoek scraped scum from his teeth and observed tiny “animalcules,” or germs, in the plaque samples beneath the first-ever microscope he invented, it bid fair to the presence of the microbial world...

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?

Can an Indian Family Save Humanity From COVID-19?

Aug 03, 2020

As the world continues to endure the uncertainty and anguish bought by the invisible threat both to individual lives and the global economy, many politicians cling to the idea that once a vaccine against the COVID-19 disease is found, the return to normalcy will at last become possible....

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Is the Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine a Ponzi Scheme?

Jul 27, 2020

Some news items manage to sum up in a simple and succinct narrative the entire madness of a phase of human history. We are now living in the era of hyperreality, in which everything that appears superficially ordered by logical principles is in reality structured by forces we have been trained not...

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