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Tag Archives: norms
commodification same hopes & desires same choice of stores the same houses and the same decorations in those houses EFFICIENCY fruit from the other side of the world part II Do our sexual norms derive from the invention of chimneys … Continue reading
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February 12, 2012
Tagged architecture, capitalism, climate, commerce, consumption, economics, evolution, fruit, genes, history, holocene, innovation, invention, Jamestown, little ice age, manners, norms, personality, politeness, procreation, Queen Victoria, sex, social norms, sociology, temperature, trade, trains, villages, Virginia, wainscoting
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[T]he point of introducing L^p spaces in the first place is … to exploit … Banach space. For instance, if one has ƒ − g = 0, one would like to conclude that ƒ = g. But because of the … Continue reading
Manifolds, Star Fox, and SelfversusOther
Branes, Dbranes, Mtheory, Ktheory … news articles about theoretical physics often mention “manifolds”. Manifolds are also good tools for theoretical psychology and economics. Thinking about manifolds is guaranteed to make you sexy and interesting. Fortunately, these fancy surfaces are already … Continue reading
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Tagged Albert Einstein, distance, economics, Euclidean norm, flast, general relativity, manifolds, math, mathematics, maths, metrics, norms, other, perspectives, psychology, quasimetrics, race, racism, Rene Descartes, self, Sir Isaac Newton, spacetime
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The Hotness Scale
One example of a total ordering ≤ is the “hotness” scale from 1–10. Because of the widespread disagreement about the meaning of the numbers, the only thing one can infer based on a man’s rating of a woman is that … Continue reading
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Tagged attraction, boys, comparable, distance, geometry, girls, hotness, LGBTQ, liking, math, mathematics, maths, measures, metric, metric spaces, metrics, norm, norms, partially ordered set, partially ordered sets, poset, posets, quantification, sex, sex appeal, sexiness, size
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Unmeasurable Distances
I wrote earlier about the many different ways to measure distance. One way I didn’t include is unmeasurable distance. Sometimes A is tastier, sexier, cooler, more interesting, or otherwise better endowed than B … but it’s impossible to quantify by … Continue reading
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Tagged comparable, distance, economics, education, geometry, imagination, math, mathematics, maths, metric, metric spaces, metrics, norm, norms, philosophy, preference, preorder, rank, ranking, size, total order, unmeasurable distance, utility
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Circles
A circle is made up of points equidistant from the center. But what does “equidistant” mean? Measuring distance implies a value judgment — for example, that moving to the left is just the same as moving to the right, moving forward … Continue reading
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Tagged angle, circle, education, geometry, Henri Poincaré, imagination, long reads, Lp norm, L_p norm, math, mathematics, maths, metric, metric spaces, metrics, noncommutative, norm, norms, Poincaré disk, size
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Everybody knows that (referring to the sides of a right triangle). That formula tells you the straightline distance on a flat plane. Say I walked three blocks east in a gridstyle city and then four blocks north. Then I’ve traveled … Continue reading