Friday, April 5, 2013

The news ‘In top league: 12-year-old British girl has higher IQ than Einstein’ published on the front page of ‘Deccan Herald’ dated 05-10-2012 came as a shock to me because the image of the genius I have carried so far is just the opposite. A brooding philosopher in the garb of a mere scientist, not in a haste to prove to the world how intelligent he was but always curious about the phenomena in the universe which others took for granted. His passion lied in unravelling the mysteries of the universe, not in achieving academic excellence.  According to his biographers he was not very good in studies and he always regretted his average memory power. Moreover there is nothing on record to say that his IQ was 160. It is all hunch and done posthumously. It is a pity that Einstein is always equated with the so called ‘bright students’ who are good in mugging up, matching a set of questions to a set of answers (so, go by the guide, never read the text book!) and who master the art of excelling in exams! His was not an intelligence which the simple IQ tests can reveal so easily. To assess the intelligence of Einstein, the world needed another one, who could device a novel testing method! Unfortunately, like the speed of light, Einstein’s intelligence seems to be the limit of human intellect!
For your reference I have cut and pasted content from the website which reads as follows:
As far as we know today, Albert Einstein has never done any IQ test. Thus his IQ is unknown!
In the 20ies scientists had tried to estimate the IQ of deceased personalities such as Mozart (1756-1791) and Goethe (1749-1832) by means of biographic data; thus they wanted to estimate Albert Einstein’s IQ, too. The value estimated for Einstein was between 160 and 180. But this rough estimation can not count as Einstein’s IQ!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

                                            Chocolate Diaries

From dad to dad, the mode of expressing one’s love for one’s children varies a lot. Some  explicit, some implicit. For some it is a routine to carry home chocolates whereas some are at pains to prevent their children from such indulgences. Gandhism, Nihilism, Narcissism, Buddhism, buddu-ism  all come into play in those daily family dramas. Less sinful are the hands of parents going home empty handed whereas more tearful are the eyes of their kids. Those who offer chocolates and other junk food as staple diet feel relieved of their guilt for a moment as the faces of their kids glow in joy. Happiness is a great leveller. For one, I stand on the middle of the road. I do buy chocolates for my son but not too often. Whenever I offer him one, I bend before him pleading for my alms. “Please spare a square for your dad” I cry. In doing so I am hopeful of reducing the ill-effects chocolates would have on him and hence assuage the guilt I feel for having spoilt his health! Any way it leaves no bitter taste-this act of sharing the spoils! Only that my concern for his health grows in proportion to the quality of chocolates he bites. If it is the mouth-watering Swiss ones- I am almost restless with my concern for his health at its peak! And my wife looks the other way. Recently my health mission received a shot in the arm. It came in the form of a news report which claimed dark chocolates are good for health, according to a recent research. Good for heart ailment and hypertension, to be precise. Though I have none of these ailments, why not take daily doses of the health shots? Isn’t prevention better than cure? Enlightened and hence emboldened, I upped my health mission so much so that my home almost began to witness a reversal of roles! I was audacious enough to swallow dark chocolates in my son’s full view, ignoring his histrionics. I know that he being what he is, his dad’s son, chances of his standing on his own feet until he reaches his middle age are very remote and hence my longevity has a vital bearing on his well being  and hence I was not being selfish when I was devouring dark chocolates as antidotes against my aging. But could I ever convince him about these facts? Little did I know that my grandiose plans for enhancing my longevity were so short-lived! Close on the heels of sweet news about chocolates, came a dampener. This time another team of researchers (may their tribe decrease) had a word of caution for health freaks such as myself passing dark chocolates for manna. According to ‘Lancet’, a leading medical journal, the reports hailing the health benefits of dark chocolates should be taken with a pinch of salt. For it is  not the dark chocolates per se that are good for heart diseases and high blood pressure but ‘ flavanoid’ instead, supposed to be there in it as its ingredient. Pity, most chocolate makers remove it from dark chocolates due to its bitter taste, says the report. So I was back to square one, literally eating my humble pie…the squares of chocolates doled out by my munificent son. That left me wondering why truth tastes so bitter, notwithstanding Robert Browning’s take on it!