Topic: What Darwin did
Time and place: 5.00-7.00pm, Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Silverfish Books, 28-1, Jalan Telawi,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 03- 228448 37
A quick visit to the website, Jothi's
World, will indicate a man inordinately curious about
all manner of things, and has been trying to understand the way the
world works, in all its myriad facets, works, as well as to convey his
understanding of this to all and sundry for most of his life.
Originally trained as a scientist, he has explored the world of
knowledge widely, and has tertiary-level academic qualifications in
a variety of different fields, ranging from the hard sciences,
through the social and behavioural sciences, to the humanities. He's
studied, lived, and worked in several countries, and as a result
speaks several languages.
As a college professor, he has taught a range of subjects (from
mathematics & the hard sciences, through the soft sciences, to
the humanities). He has worked (in no particular order) as a
professional photographer, a DJ, a bartender, a research scientist,
a wildlife biologist, a clinical psychotherapist, a theatre
lighting-designer, and a musician. In addition, he part-owns a chain
of bars and restaurants, and manages a variety of industrial
investments. He has serious professional and personal interests in
physics, chemistry, biology, palaeontology, geology (especially
tectonics & vulcanism), evolutionary theory, ecology &
conservation, astronomy, cosmology, particle physics, string theory,
number theory, bio-mechanics, engineering & technology,
neuropsychology, cognition, critical & scientific thinking, the
sociology, history & philosophy of science, history, political
theory, political-economics and literature. He enjoys extreme
sports, and flies, sails, and rides both motor-cycles as well as
horses, camels & elephants.
All things told, Jothi Ratnam is an incredible person, a wonderful
gentle human and Malaysian. We have chosen What Darwin did
as first his public talk at Silverfish Books. (We certainly hope to have
more, if he's willing.)
Darwin wrote: ‘From my early youth I have had the strongest desire
to understand and explain whatever I observed - that is to group all
facts under some general laws ...’ One Hundred and fifty years after the Voyage of the Beagle we're
still reeling from its aftershocks. Let's here what Jothi has to
When Silverfish Books was established in 1999, a keystone of our
vision was to raise the level of intellectual debate in the country.
The talk by Terrence Gomez on April 22 the first in a series of
monthly events we hope to organise for people who are curious, who
want to know a little more. Jothi Ratnam is our second speaker.
We have organised many author events at Silverfish Books. This
present endeavour will be a series of talks by people who read
widely, and who know stuff. Topics could cover literature, art,
philosophy, political theory (not political), history, science,
economic theory -- generally anything that contributes to knowledge
and points the lay public in the right direction. Suggestions
for speakers and topics are welcomed.
You may wish to bring a bottle of red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz,
Merlot, whatever) to share with your friends. Water (both mineral
and sugared) will be on the house. We will organise tea, as well.
(Would anyone likes to volunteer cookies?)