My name is Vikram Bath, and I can’t help myself. It’s been five years since my last post–a dirty rant from a PhD student in the skankiest corner of the Internet on a striving-for-the-D-list blog. Since then I graduated, became a business school professor, and then stopped being a business school professor.
Please accept my voice’s contribution to the cacophony of your Internet.
Philosophy of science and cognition are interests of mine. If I refer to policy or political issues, it will only be as an example to illuminate how we think about things rather than to advocate a specific point of view. I’m a utilitarian; none of my views actually matter, so I don’t want to spend your time on them.
Funny things companies do, investing, and economics will also be topics. I’m arguably an expert when it comes to my academic discipline in the business school, but keep in mind that the whole business school has an “expert problem“: an MIT physics professor can be expected to reliably solve a physics problem for you in a way that a business school professor cannot be expected to solve a stout business problem involving qualitative trade-offs.
So there’s that.
Oddities that I don’t think about too much but might be relevant along the way are that (1) I am Indian-American and (2) my wife is Chinese. It’s a somewhat unusual match, and we stand out in our small New England city though people are usually too taken by our stunningly good-looking dog to bother.