Friday, November 23, 2007

Emotional Intelligence Or Something Else ?

An excerpt from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

** "Don't you understand how Cho's feeling at the moment?" [Hermione] asked.

"No," said Harry and Ron together.

Hermione sighed and laid down her quill.

"Well, obviously, she's feeling very sad, because of Cedric dying. Then I expect she's feeling confused because she liked Cedric and now she likes Harry, and she cant work out who she likes best. Then she will be feeling guilty, thinking its an insult to Cedric's memory to be kissing Harry at all, and she will be worrying about what everyone else might say about her if she starts going out with Harry. And she probably cant work out what her feelings towards Harry are, anyway, because he was the one who was with Cedric when Cedric died, so that's all very mixed up and painful. Oh, and she's afraid she's going to be thrown off the Ravenclaw Quidditch team because she's been flying so badly."

A slightly stunned silence greeted the end of this speech, then Ron said, "One person cant feel all that at once, they'd explode."

"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have," said Hermione nastily, picking up her quill again. **

UPDATE : HERE is a take on emotional intelligence from an investing angle but the sources cited herein also make for a more generally useful resource on this subject.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Royal Institution Lecture by Sir Roger Penrose

Attended this evening.

A mind stretching experience.

Managed to get Professor Penrose to sign my copy of The Emperor's New Mind.

Some notes and key words jotted down during the lecture :

  • icosahedral symmetry
  • crystalline patterns can have rotational symmetry as well as translational symmetry
  • n-fold symmetry
  • Penrose tiles are surrounded by rings of 10 pentagons
  • only 3 kinds of polygons are used to create Penrose tiles : star, jester's cap and pentagon
  • Penrose tiles exhibit a "non-repeating quasi 5-fold symmetric pattern"
  • Robert Ammann solids (3-D tiling)
  • J Kepler (1619) in his book Harmonice Mundi shows tiling patterns that anticipate Penrose tiles
  • Penrose tiles exhibit a "hierarchical structure"(?)
  • Penrose tiles have a connection with fractals
  • there seem to be analogies between the formation of quasi crystals and the superposition principle in quantum mechanics ("non-local choice" is present in both)
  • Penrose tiling uses only two structures : kites and darts


The godly man lives in the presence of God and in such place recognises his many weaknesses which leads him to his knees to pray so that he may not be a hypocrite.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Linkestan 2007 11 19

Letting Go of the Past & Water Over the Dam

The Equal And Opposite Reaction : an essay on the Islamic sense of justice which is the cause of hyper-sensitive temperaments in devout Muslims and also among the less religious raised in a Muslim environment.

Saturday, November 03, 2007


"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." Hebrews 9:22