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Any difference between Envy and jealousy?

And God preferred Abel’s sacrifice

Envy is the most sincere type of flattering another person. It involves an object that the other person has (money, status, talent…)

The object of jealousy is the behavior of a third person toward the other person.

“Potters envy potters” and “it’s okay to be envious, only the person you aspire to become”

Otherwise, envy is a waste of time and the most idiotic of emotions. Why?

Envy is relatively easy to switch off. Contrary to anger, sadness or fear.

The idea of caring that someone is making money faster than you are is one of the deadly sins.

Envy is a stupid sin: It’s the only sin you could never have any fun at. Lot of pain and no fun. (Charles Munger)

Napoleon Bonaparte said of his countryman Gilbert de La Fayette (Hero in 2 continents and of 3 successful revolutions):'”

La Fayette political bonhomie had to render him perpetually duped by people

Do I sense the ultimate feeling of jealousy in this statement?

La Fayette at the age of 19 was already exulted, loved, adored and respected by people in two continents (America and Europe), even before he returned to America and participate in the victory of Yorktown, 4 years later.

La Fayette actively got engaged in three successful critical revolutions, in America and in France.

Napoleon must have been despised by the American insurgents as he decided to sell the vast French Louisiana Territory in 1803.

The irony is that the British extended the financial funds to the Americans. The British figured out that it is better for the nascent State of America to grab the Louisiana Territory instead of leaving the French have a foothold in that continent, now that they were kicked out.

Napoleon committed the biggest mistake that changed the course of history.

Law of small numbers that looms large

Suppose you own 100 stores in cities and in rural areas.

You hire a consultant to study the problem of shoplifting in your stores. The rates of theft compared to volume of sales show that shoplifting is highest in rural areas.

It turned out that the lowest rates are also located in the stores in rural areas. What gives?

In small stores, even a single theft looms large and the rates vary greatly.

If you order the rates according to size of stores, most of the shoplifting are in the vast middle, while the small stores occupy the tails of the curve.

It is not the location of the stores that is the deciding factor but their size.

If you read this caption “Start-ups employ smarter employees” be on your guard.

Start ups have small number of employees and their average IQ fluctuate far more than those employed by large companies.

Daniel Kahneman reveals that even experienced scientists succumb to the Law of small numbers: They tend to forget the random distribution law in their initial assessments.

Read: The Art of Thinking Clear



3 Lebanese Women Make it to BBC’s 100 Women List: Who They Are

It’s almost painful to see 3 out of the 100 women on BBC’s 100 Women are Lebanese, when Lebanon ranked among the worst countries in terms of gender equality (135/142), check out BlogBaladi for more information on that report.

But, it’s also amazing that 3% of the BBC’s 100 Women list of 2014, are Lebanese. It’s also doubly amazing because one of them is a scientist, and a good friend, Hind Hobeika!

Hind Hobeika

hind_hobeika2I remember when Hind pitched her idea of goggles with sensors in them to monitor heart rate and other realtime data (as if you were on a treadmill) for the Stars of Science show on TV.

I remember how we all voted for her. I also remember a year later, sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco’s Market Street with another amazing Lebanese woman, Jessica Semaan, and finding out how Hind’s invention was ready to go into mass-production.

Now, Hind’s Instabeat goggles are poised to go on sale in 53 different countries around the world.

Proud of you Hind, words cannot begin to explain. Here’s a TED talk by Hind

Bahia Shehab

3723b538f9d86a88e9e5636d982ac6176622c879_254x191Bahia changed the entire meaning of the word “No” in Arabic, “لا”. No, and a thousand times no.

No is a very important word for an Arab in the past few years.

No to dictators. No to oppression. No to inequality. No to sexism. No to extremism.

Bahia’s work manifested itself on the walls of Cairo, and the series of “No”s became a regular fixture in Tahrir Square and other notable public spaces where they embodied the many horrifying incidents in Egypt’s tumultuous revolution and post-revolution troubles.

Remember the blue bra? Watch Bahia’s awesome TED talk to jog your memory.


Bushra El Turk

Tala_Bushra_154nI adore classical music, especially ones with a twist. Bushra’s masterpieces are a trip in themselves, and while writing this, I’m listening to her website’s streaming music.

Often, my preoccupation with science and technology makes me forget for a second how important and powerful art can be, and for this Lebanese-Egyptian, it sounds pretty darn good.

Check out Bushra’s website to know more, and here’s a video of her work behind the scenes




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