Author's details

Name: Shaunak Varma
Date registered: 23 May, 2011


Shaunak Varma is a graduate of Duke University. He double majored in Economics and Public Policy, and receiving a certificate in Global Health. He loves nothing more than spending time with friends and listening to music or watching sports or movies. Born in raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but for some reason, he loves the Detroit Lions. He has a burgeoning interest in politics, and is particularly interested in issues that victims of psychological disorders face.

Latest posts

  1. Chaplin’s World — 8 December, 2011
  2. Good Men Doing Something — 1 December, 2011
  3. Taking Back Our Rights — 23 November, 2011
  4. He’s Done More than Win 903 — 16 November, 2011
  5. No Shortcuts to Friendship — 10 November, 2011
  6. Indebted to Debt? — 8 November, 2011
  7. Changing the Formula — 4 November, 2011
  8. #OccupyWashington — 19 October, 2011
  9. Creating a Fair Society — 14 October, 2011
  10. Character Over Color — 10 October, 2011
  11. Too Many Choices — 30 September, 2011
  12. Standing Up and Speaking Out — 21 September, 2011
  13. Becoming Limitless — 16 September, 2011
  14. Here’s to Silver Linings — 12 September, 2011
  15. Country Over Party — 9 September, 2011
  16. Changing Elite Education — 8 September, 2011
  17. The Silver Bullet — 2 September, 2011
  18. Killing Genius — 1 September, 2011
  19. Making Things Better — 29 August, 2011
  20. Preventing Abu Ghraib — 22 August, 2011
  21. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind? — 19 August, 2011
  22. Heroic ‘Fin — 2 August, 2011
  23. Giving Hope — 25 July, 2011
  24. Facebook’s New System — 22 July, 2011
  25. Invest in the Future — 15 July, 2011
  26. Read and Dance — Keep Your Mind Active — 11 July, 2011
  27. Enough of ‘Running to Stand Still’ — 8 July, 2011
  28. Time to Chill — 1 July, 2011
  29. Those Grieving Alone – Seek Support — 27 June, 2011
  30. A Healthy Dose of Skepticisim — 21 June, 2011
  31. Be Aware. Be Kind. Save Lives. — 17 June, 2011
  32. Time to Legalize? — 14 June, 2011
  33. Nurture Changing Nature – Power and Responsibility — 13 June, 2011
  34. High and Alive — 6 June, 2011
  35. Counterintuitive, but Affordable — 3 June, 2011
  36. Avoid Scarcity in Psychiatric Services – Make Medical School Free — 30 May, 2011
  37. Unlock the Forgotten — 28 May, 2011
  38. Gift of Life — 24 May, 2011

Most commented posts

  1. Be Aware. Be Kind. Save Lives. — 8 comments
  2. #OccupyWashington — 3 comments
  3. Those Grieving Alone – Seek Support — 2 comments
  4. Making Things Better — 2 comments
  5. Standing Up and Speaking Out — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Dec 08

Chaplin’s World

A few nights ago, just as I had closed the books and decided to go to sleep, I stumbled upon a clip of Charlie Chaplin’s impressionable speech at the end of his 1940 film The Great Dictator. In his speech, he made an emotional appeal against the direction the world was headed. He acknowledged that …

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Dec 01

Good Men Doing Something

I have learned a lot over the past 7 months. The lesson that sticks out the most coincides with the name of this blog – that wanting to “do good” is not enough. Good intentions can only solve a problem to some degree. We need to develop sustainable solutions to efficiently make things better. I …

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Nov 23

Taking Back Our Rights

Evelyn Beatrice Hall, a writer who published a biography on philosopher Voltaire in 1906, concisely summarized Voltaire’s beliefs with the now widely recognized phrase “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” The Founding Fathers of the United States also seemed to take Voltaire’s teachings …

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Nov 16

He’s Done More than Win 903

Last night was a significant moment in college basketball history. Mike Krzyzewski, dubbed “Coach K” by his Cameron Crazie faithful, reached 903 wins and passed Bobby Knight to become the all-time leader in wins among NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches. This achievement is just another feather in the cap in K’s long and illustrious …

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Nov 10

No Shortcuts to Friendship

The world is shrinking. That’s not shocking news to anyone, I know. Mail used to travel via the Pony Express. Explorers had to take ships across oceans. Communication between two people in distant places was often limited to telegrams. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time. In just over a century, …

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Nov 08

Indebted to Debt?

Just over a decade ago, public debt was just under $3 trillion and the US was running a budget surplus. Two wars, two recessions, and eleven years later, the debt has skyrocketed to $14.94 trillion, $10.20 trillion of which is public debt (debt held by investors outside the federal government, the Fed, foreign, state, and …

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Nov 04

Changing the Formula

Art has power. Those who are moved by it can be motivated to do great things. “We Shall Overcome” served as an anthem for protestors during the Civil Rights Movement. Books have convinced children to pursue education. The photograph of “Tank Man” on Tiananmen Square has taught many, many people just how much one defiant …

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Oct 19


Chances are, if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past month, you’ve heard about Occupy Wall Street – a burgeoning movement that protests against economic inequality and corporate greed and has spread not only around the country but around the world. Although the concrete goals of the protestors are not completely clear, …

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Oct 14

Creating a Fair Society

We’re often taught in various fields of academia that we live in a dog eat dog world. That we are all driven by our desire to survive and excel, even if such success comes at the expense of those around us. This mindset certainly has its advantages. Often, this cutthroat competitiveness allows people to succeed …

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Oct 10

Character Over Color

No matter how open-minded a group of people seem, wherever I have gone, I have noticed that most cliques perform some degree of self-segregation. White kids hang out with White kids, Black kids with Black kids, Asians with Asians, and Hispanics with Hispanics. Though this is obviously a bit of an overgeneralization, when I walk …

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