Dienstag, 5. Oktober 2004

I've mentioned in "About Me" that I'm currently reading the book "Psycho-Irrtümer" by Rolf Degen. Now I've got a mail from the author himself in which he stated (rough and abbreviated translation): "You have already read my earlier work about 'Psycho-Irrtümer'. Now I'd like to tell you that a new book by me has recently been released, which contains a lot of new, exciting and partially provocative facts about the sexual climax." Some excerpts from reviews of the book followed. This is not fake - Amazon.de finds a book called "Vom Höchsten der Gefühle" by Rolf Degen indeed. It's cool to get informed in such a way. In this context, maybe I should mention that yesterday I also had the opportunity to talk to the author of another book I'm currently reading, Viktor Farkas. But that's actually nothing special as he's also a member of the Austrian high intelligence society in Vienna and I often see him at events organized by this society.

Today's study-day started yet again with Mathematics at 9:00 am. This time we were introduced to the basics of set theory. It was really a piece of cake, but I'm sure it will become more challenging soon. Next came the lecture "Basics of Computer Science" by Prof. Gerhard-Helge Schildt. Like the years before (I know because I had already talked about that with students from higher semesters a long time ago), he started out by telling us his professional biography, which was very impressive (from a simple electrician he worked his way up to the leader of the software engineering department of Siemens, and finally he became a full professor). He said it's not necessary to visit the lecture because everything relevant for the exams is covered by the textbooks. On the other hand, those of us who don't visit the lectures will miss the stories from his professional experiences. He thinks that it's really bad that at many universities your professors won't tell you anything about what may await you in your future professional life; that's why he does it. I've not decided whether I'll continue attending the lecture or rather invest the time saved for my medical studies and preparing for exams; let's see. At 1:00 pm, there was an information event about the practical course on programming for beginners (it will be in Java), followed by the presentation of the topics for the proseminar on basics of scientific research. As it won't be possible to sign up before tomorrow 10:00 am, I still have some time to make up my mind what topic to choose; however, my choice will, unfortunately, not only depend on my interests but also on the matter when I'll have time as the seminars for some of the topics will take place just when I'll have my maths exercises (if you read yesterday's blog, you might remember that I chose the day and time myself; of course I didn't know about the proseminar schedule yet). This ended at about 3:00 pm.

At 5:00 pm, there was the first special lecture by Prof. Wolfgang Graninger, one of the professors at the University Department of Internal Medicine where I did my internship last month, about antibiotics. I stayed there for a short while, but then left as I was tired. I'm considering to take antibiotics as the topic of one of the three minor exams on pharmacology so this lecture might be quite interesting for me. Like always, Prof. Graninger is going to present live patients; only this time, there were none, as it was the introductionary lecture.

The website personalitypage.com contains very in-depth texts about the characteristics of various MBTI types. They are so long that I won't copy and paste them in here. There is also stuff about careers, relationships and family life. Thus I got to read about the style how ENTJs would usually raise their children. As it's still going to be a far way until I might get in a situation when I could realistically take the founding of a family into consideration, I haven't made up my mind at all about how I would raise my children. Hopefully these lines have not influenced me too much; it would be more interesting to see how I would do it in the end and then compare it with the predictions from that website, whether it applies to me to the same extent as many of the things they write about my personality type do. Anyway, what they write about how an ENTJ raises a child reminds me very much of the way my father treated me as a child, and so I started to wonder whether my father might be an ENTJ, too. After pondering over this enough, I've come to the conclusion that he is definitely an ENTJ. My mother is certainly SJ, and probably she is ESTJ, so only this single parameter differs between the two of them. As a matter of fact we hardly have any quarrels in our family, but when there are some opinion-differences, it's almost always my father and me vs. my mother.

I've read a book called "The Mystery of the Deadly Double". It's a criminal story and belongs to the series "Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators" (German: "Die drei Fragezeichen"). When I was a child, I was very fond of such books, and it seems I still am; it's just that I haven't read such books for a long time! I remember that when I was a child, I was of the opinion that the adults' literature had nothing appealing to me. They seemed to be mostly about sex and melancholy - nothing thrilling, nothing exciting, nothing intellectually stimulating. I was puzzled why adults kept saying that certain books were for children only while they were far better than that, actually they were the only type of fiction I considered worth reading, apart from some kinds of fantasy and sci-fi. Well, I still cannot understand why books like this one are considered children's literature. Perhaps it just means that they can also be read by children and that children are encouraged to read them, for which reason the main characters are young boys themselves so that they can identify with them more easily; while, on the other hand, adults' literature is for adults only, of course. - What seems to be only of interest for adults seems to be not appealing to me in any way at all.

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