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Reading Compilation & Extra Fun Stuffs

April 21, 2010

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

Reading Compilation

I think I read this from

“If Allah takes care of the provisions, then why worry? If Allah divided the provision, why are you careful? If everything is in the hands of Allah, why are you miserly? If paradise is true, why rest? If hell is true, why commit sin? If the world is going to finish, why relax? If the Day of Judgement is true, why collect? If all is in the hands of Allah, why are you afraid?” [Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (rh)]


Lots of research in economics and psychology shows that when we know something, it becomes hard for us to imagine not knowing it. As a result, we become lousy communicators. Think of a lawyer who can’t give you a straight, comprehensible answer to a legal question. His vast knowledge and experience renders him unable to fathom how little you know. So when he talks to you, he talks in abstractions that you can’t follow. And we’re all like the lawyer in our own domain of expertise.

Here’s the great cruelty of the Curse of Knowledge: The better we get at generating great ideas—new insights and novel solutions—in our field of expertise, the more unnatural it becomes for us to communicate those ideas clearly. That’s why knowledge is a curse. But notice we said “unnatural,” not “impossible.” Experts just need to devote a little time to applying the basic principles of stickiness. –

This article talks about The Failed Simulation Effect and it was written by Cal Newport, “an MIT postdoc and author of the popular advice guides How to Become a Straight-A Student“. I include the author’s introduction just to entice you to click the link and read the article yourself. *smile*

Steve and David

Let’s try a simple experiment. Imagine that you’re an admissions officer at a competitive college, and you’re evaluating the following two applicants:

  • David — He is captain of the track team and took Japanese calligraphy lessons throughout high school;  he wrote his application essay on the challenge of leading the track team to the division championship meet.
  • Steve — He does marketing for a sustainability-focused NGO; he wrote his application essay about lobbying delegates at the UN climate change conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Who impresses you more?

For most people, there’s little debate: Steve is the star.

But here’s the crucial follow-up question: Why is Steve more impressive than David?

The answer seems obvious, but as you’ll soon discover, the closer you look, the more hazy it becomes. To really understand Steve’s appeal, we will delve into the recesses of human psychology and discover a subtle but devastatingly power effect that will change your understanding of what it takes to stand out.

Fun Stuffs:

  1. The word ‘News’ is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points – North, East, West, and South. – Twitter OMGFact
  2. Do you know that the word SCUBA (as in scuba diving) stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. I learned this from Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader. And by the way, I am now officially a fan of the show. Can’t stop watching it. =)
  3. I was looking for a current list of shariah-compliance investments that are currently available in Malaysia and I bumped into this site.  I then used this comparison tool (they look reliable to me*shrug*) to compare each fund. What a fun activity! You might want to try it (regardless whether you are Muslim or not).

Extra Stuffs

I am currently reading the first two books and I really, really want to buy the last two books:

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