February 3, 2002
machines become conscious, would they remain machines?
Review by Kuldip Dhiman
Mind, Matter, and Mystery:
Questions in Science and Philosophy
edited by Ranjit Nair. Scientia, New Delhi. Pages 148. Rs 195.
IBMís Deep Blue supercomputer played a fascinating match with the
reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasparov, and defeated him in
one of the games, the latter acquired the dubious distinction of
becoming the first grandmaster to have been defeated by a computer.
of absurd life
Review by Rumina Sethi
by Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate. Icon Books, UK. Pages 176.
be or not to be" is arguably the best summation of existential
philosophy. Lying between the two poles are the concepts of anguish,
despair, anxiety, the absurd, nothingness and so on. But Hamletís
"problem of being" does not of course make him an
Russia in search of post-cold war equation
Review by Randeep Wadehra
India and Russia Towards
edited by Shams-ud-din. Lancerís Books, New Delhi. Pages xi+273.
post-cold war world has become, to borrow Samuel Huntingtonís
phrase, "a multi-polar and multi-civilisational" entity.
Russia, shrunk from its Soviet Union size, is trying to carve out a
new role for itself. Right from the time of the Czars it has been
craving for a substantial niche in the European scene.