“Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.”

– Dan Brown, Inferno

Watched the movie today and it was nothing short of spectacular. Haven’t read the book so I was not really expecting anything… goes to show that watching the movie beats reading the book first.

The plot of inferno for me can be summarised into the following equation:
Genius + Billionaire + Creative Eccentric Radicalism = INFERNO.

If there’s one lesson, creative geniuses have in possession a gift that’s capable of changing the world. Add in the millions billions resources to make it happen and it will happen even though others fail to imagine it.

What appeals to me though is the intelligent play of events and the wonderful puzzles. And of course there’s the quotes. Other than the one I’ve already used for the title of this post, here’s two more for brain candy:

“When swimming into a dark tunnel, there arrives a point of no return when you no longer have enough breath to double back. Your choice is to swim forward into the unknown….and pray for an exit.” 

“The human mind has a primitive ego defense mechanism that negates all realities that produce too much stress for the brain to handle. It’s called Denial.”


A Brief History of Time

One of the major foundations of modern finance is the Market Efficiency Theory. Simply put, it says that the current market prices are reflective of all the information available to the market.

In this video, Eugene Fama gives us a brief history of the theory, which I believe is pretty much the same journey in understanding the history of modern finance.