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Some useful resources for undergraduate students

Cells, Humans, Nation and the Planet

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Linguistics Education and Cognitive Revolution  
(Linguistics series -2)

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Aptitude Tests, Talent Tests and Achievement Tests

Tara Mohanan

Knowledge claims, proofs and notions of truth

K. P. Mohanan

Towards a theory of mutation in biology

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Mathematising theories in language sciences and life sciences

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Exploring patterns of language structure  
(Linguistics series -3)

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

This book is an exploration of the structure of human language. It uses the scientific mode of inquiry, that of building an integrated and interconnected understanding of the information we gather by observing the world. In working through this book, we hope student readers will learn something about language structure as well as about scientific inquiry.

Our primary readers, we expect, will be students of a beginning linguistics course. If you are new to the idea of the ‘structure’ of language, you will find in this book plenty of patterns of language structure to explore. We hope that at least some of the patterns will amaze or delight you by their very existence, and some will make you say, “I’ve spoken this language all my life but I didn’t know it had this pattern.” In the process of trying to understand the patterns, we hope you will experience the joy of building systematic explanations.

We hope that the book will also catch the eye of non-linguists who might be curious about language structure. We also hope that practicing linguists will find in it something of value by way of insights and pointers for both linguistic inquiry and linguistics education.

Education and Cognitive Liberation (Linguistics series -1)

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Is the theory of evolution a mythology?  

K. P. Mohanan

In a public zoom conversation with Satyajit Rath (IISER Pune) I took the position that - "If a secular theory of intelligent design is a pseudo science, then under that criterion of 'pseudoscience', Darwin's theory of biological evolution as articulated in his book Origin of the Species is also a pseudoscience."
("Mimamsa Talk Series| Satyajit Rath| K P Mohanan | Potential Scientific Theories or Pseudosciences?")

The relation of equivalence across disciplines  

K. P. Mohanan

One of the fundamental characteristics of human cognition -- perhaps the most fundamental characteristic -- is the strategy of comparing an X and a Y (where X and Y may be entities, states, processes, concepts, ...) to identify the ways in which they are distinct and the ways in which they are the same. Both the differences and similarities are also fundamental to research in all academic domains of inquiry, where 'similarity / sameness' been abstracted away as the equivalence relation, algebraically expressed as 'X = Y' , which means "the quantitative value of X is equal to the quantitative value of Y along the dimension of comparison D." The qualitative part of the equivalence relation is the bidirectional implication expressed algebraically as 'X <--> Y in formal logic.

The write up is on the manifestations of (and terminologies for) the equivalence relation across domains of inquiry. It takes examples from Geometry, Biology and Linguistics. I hope that a subset of researchers and research students I am sharing this with would find the contents of the document interesting. Needless to say, I would be happy to receive feedback on this document (in terms of (dis)agreements, objections, corrections, suggestions for improvement and further thoughts.

Towards a theory of adaptive fitness and natural selection  

K. P. Mohanan, Tara Mohanan

Population Genetics and Evolutionary Theory

K. P. Mohanan

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