Sunday, January 30, 2011

Solitude as oppose to networking

I was surfing the cyberspace and happened to land in big think blog.

Michio Kaku, the physicist, was talking about graphene, the material that will revolutionize science.He wrote:"Potential applications for the material include the replacing of carbon fibers in composite materials to eventually aid in the production of lighter aircraft and satellites; replacing silicon in transistors; embedding the material in plastics to enable them to conduct electricity; graphene-based sensors could sniff out dangerous molecules; increasing the efficiency of electric batteries by use of graphene powder; optoelectronics; stiffer-stronger-lighter plastics; leak-tight, plastic containers that keep food fresh for weeks; transparent conductive coatings for solar cells and displays; stronger wind turbines; stronger medical implants; better sports equipment; supercapacitors; improved conductivity of materials; high-power high frequency electronic devices; artificial membranes for separating two liquid reservoirs; advancements in touchscreens; LCD's; OLED's; graphene nanoribbons could be a way to construct ballistic transistors; and nanogaps in graphene sheets may potentially provide a new technique for rapid DNA sequencing."

Then I read about William Deresiewicz,a Yale professor, who wrote about "Solitude and Leadership:" He said “So solitude can mean introspection, it can mean the concentration of focused work, and it can mean sustained reading...But there’s one more thing I’m going to include as a form of solitude-friendship-But I’m talking about one kind of friendship in particular, the deep friendship of intimate conversation. Long, uninterrupted talk with one other person...Yet if we believe leadership is about the things literature tells us—like risks, and creativity—there is something to be said for solitude. And solitude is the opposite of networking.”

And lastly I listened to an interview of Rita Dove, a former Library of Congress poet laureate. She said oral tradition is coming in this digital age. To write poetry one has to dig deep down and squeeze life experiences.

I want to think more about solitude and its importance in leadership as oppose to networking. I thought it was a profound statement by the Yale professor.
How should I look and listen at the universe? Of course, the imagination jumps and I should hurry to prevent the ice cream from melting.

Graphene, solitude and poetry-That's a lot to digest in one night.

The photo of the graphene is from big think.

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