Miscellaneous Musings of Luke Shors

“Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?” - Victor Hugo

 

Who walks whom?

Updated: Feb 5, 2019


Although we say ‘taking the dog for a walk’ in some cases clearly the dog is taking us for a walk. You will find the big dog pulling its owner along in a quest for a squirrel as well as the dog who has found some very intriguing smell and simply will not budge until their owner is yanking at their lease.


In an analogous way we could say that evolution sometimes proceeds through genes dragging culture behind it and sometimes cultures drags genes. ‘Culture’ here being defined as any learned skills or habit, not just an appreciation for Chopin.


The Prairie Dog that learns borrowing from its mother is learning via culture. Selective genetic pressure on claws suited to dig strengthens the value of this learned behavior as a survival advantage. In other instances, mutations resulting in favorable phenotypes leads the way and learned behavior supports a new life style for the animal based on that phenotype.





 

About Me

"Not all those who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkinn

I think of myself (as well as aspire to be) a curious person. Curious in a book store, but also curious exploring a new city or meeting a new person. Curious in planned and unplanned moments. In an era where knowledge about the world is both vast and deep, curiosity occasionally strikes me as anathema to expertise. Or, more accurately, if you are curious, best to be curious about some very specific topic. But so far at least, that does not seem to be my path. My professional work is orientated towards start ups as well as international development.

In 2019 I decided to make a more concerted effort to write - hence this site. My blog focuses on science and technology, health research and education. My fiction is of the speculative variety - Science fiction that uses scientific ideas to explore human experiences. Thanks for reading!

 
People Walking
 

Education

University of Iowa, BA Philosophy (2000)

Johns Hopkins, MPH (2005)

Johns Hopkins, MBA (2005)

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.D. (2017)

 

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