“I’ll swap you Grandma for a Pierolapithecus”

This Friday we will record, and the following Friday we will release, a show on lattice structures. The main underlying concept is that of a partial order. I’m going to use < as the symbol for an arbitrary partial order in what follows. Partial Orders Say we’ve got a set, and we’d like to talk about an ordering on that set. “Xavier is behind Yolanda in line,” for example. We could write that as x <...

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The Orchid Hypothesis

I come across articles that might make for good pod-fodder all the time, so I thought I ought to start posting them here as potential starting points. This article (The Science of Success) has some interesting ideas on gene-environment interactions as a sort of dual-strategy approach to life. One set of genes makes for people likely to do pretty well in most circumstances (the “dandelion” strategy), whereas another set of...

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