The five Vrittis: Pramana, Viparyaya, Vikalpa, Nidra, and Smriti

As a teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, I often read, study, and then use in my practice Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. In his analysis, Patanjali discusses the five kinds of Vrittis (वृत्ति in Sanskrit, literally meaning whirlpool), or fluctuations of consciousness, that represent the different activities our mind can be involved in while it is in the…

Applying linguistics to real-world cases – profiling

My degree thesis was about the development of a Mathematical and Statistical Algorithm that is able to perform, or better to help perform, linguistic analysis on a text so as to discover, identify, and evidence bias in speech. The algorithm can be used both as a standalone tool or, as I use it daily, in…