Everybody loves a winner and winner takes it all. Why is it like that? In our daily lives we see peons of praise sung in the glory of the winners while the losers fall by the wayside. We as a society have created lot of settings to witness the battles where winners and losers fight it out in the backdrop of our lives giving us a sense of vicariousness. Everyone in their own lives goes through a series of upheavals and we our self can consider our self-winners or losers depending on how we have coped when life threw a spanner at us. But we are more interested in seeing winners paraded in front of us and feel the vicarious joy of winning because for some life might not give them the challenges to confront to experience the winning feeling. Well that’s why we have sports and politics where winners are minted day in day out and of course politics where winners take a much bigger prize and elevate themselves as the chosen ones to govern the very people who put them up on the big stage.
Interesting Politics and Sports the stories from which the head line news are made every day always churn out winners year after year. The context differs from country to country where in America the elections produce winners on a continual basis and the winners depending on the type of race they have contested in are named Senators, Congressmen, Governors and the mother of it all the one and only one President of the United States POTUS. Now in the world of American Sports focused on Baseball, Basketball, American Football and Ice hockey we always have a winner on a daily basis in any of these sports depending on which game we are focusing on. But the Big prizes are the Super Bowl , World Series, NBA Championship and the Stanley Cup.
I was reading articles on the recent presidential election on the famed web site five thirty eight which predicts the presidential elections based on probabilistic models using Bayes theorem and graph theory. Interestingly the founder of the website Nate Silver started off his career analyzing the statistics associated with baseball games a field of its own called saber metrics. The fact that the same website used probabilistic models to predict the winners in politics and Sport brings to the fore the fact all what matters is winning after all.
Continue reading Offense And Defense, American Football and US Presidential Elections. An Anology, Quarterbacks And the American Presidential Candidates.
I rarely interact with Entomologists but I remember way back when I was in the University I applied for a programmer position advertised by an Entomologist and of course I was rejected. But When I went to the Entomology department I saw a Poster describing what Entomologists really do. Most of us have a very narrow view of what Entomologists do and really don’t understand the importance of what they do. So I wear an Entomologist hat and first give a brief overview of what the field of Entomology is all about. Entomology is the study of insects, including their relationships with other animals, their environments, and human beings. Entomological research can also give us broader insights into ecology, evolution, and social behavior. Entomologists study insects, such as ants, bees, and beetles of course they also study Butterflies Gadflies and Dragonflies.
Interestingly the study of Bees is a branch in itself in the field of Entomology. It’s because of the efforts of the Entomologists we understand the fascinating aspects of the social hierarchy and the society of Bees. Bees may be solitary or may live in various types of communities. The most advanced of these are eusocial colonies found among the honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees; these are characterized by having cooperative brood care and a division of labor into reproductive and non-reproductive adults. Sociality, of several different types, is believed to have evolved separately many times within the bees. In some species, groups of cohabiting females may be sisters, and if there is a division of labor within the group, they are considered semi social. The group is called eusocial if, in addition, the group consists of a mother (the queen) and her daughters (workers), with male drones at certain stages. When the castes are purely behavioral alternatives, the system is considered primitively eusocial as in many paper wasps; when the castes are morphologically discrete, the system is considered highly eusocial.
Continue reading A Social Entomologists Point of View. Regarding Bees Butterflies Gadflies and Dragonflies. What type of a Social fly you want to be?