Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bangalore Traffic : the inspiration for science

Bangalore has been known as the seat of science and technology.
the reasons were the Indian Institute of Science and the public sector and defence establishments that had a lot of activity based on research and development.
Also called the silicon valley of India, many wonder what the magic of Bangalore is and how it came to be.
I want to share my theory about how science is very natural to bangalore.
Darwin is said to have been inspired by Galapagos for his survival theory. Actually, it was from Bangalore. The theory that india was actually attached to south america long ago gives rise to the possibility that Darwin mightg have actually come to India and wrongly written in his diaries that it was Galapagos.
one has to see Bangalore traffic - where the theory of survival of the most aggressive is very visibly and simply demonstrated. this behavior is based on another theory that one has the might of way. the bigger the vehicle, the more might you have to chaneg your mind as often as you can and, like an ad claims, 'make your own road'.
the survival insticnt is in the genes of the drivers. if it is not, they acquire it after driving in bangalore for some time. this goes to show that genetic behavior can be modified.. the basis of most genetic resesrch today.
it is not only in biology, that bangalore traffic has been an inspiration.
take physics - the Bernoulli principle. those who need to visualize it only needs to drive in bangalore. the more number of lanes, the slower the traffic. as the road narrows at some point, vehicles speed up, to make sure that they get across the narrow spot fastest, ahead of others. every vehicle and driver suddenly remembers that the ancestor for the buses and the big SUVs was the simple two-wheeled cycle and think that their genes convey that they just need the width of the cycle to get through the narrow patch.
it is not all serious onthe roads here.
everyone plays the game of blink at intersections. if you blink, the other person gets the right of way! or, when the policeman blinks, you can sneak through..
i can feel that my own driving style has become more aggressive over the years that i have been in bangalore.
there are a few mre such theories - but more of that some other time
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