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Cantor's Dilemma. Carl Djerassi. Article · Info & Metrics · eLetters · PDF. Loading The first page of the PDF of this article appears above. Science: ( ). PHI LA DE LPb+lA. PA Cantor's Dilemma by Carl Djeraasi: Through Fiction, the Real World of!kience. Number. November. 20, Withhis first . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. A distinguished cell biologist and his best student Cantor's Dilemma - Kindle edition by Carl Djerassi. Download it.

On the way, Djerassi exposes many uncomfortable truths about how credit for scientific discoveries is given, and how competition, politics, and ego play a major role in many scientific inquiries. He also writes about the difficulties women face in climbing the academic ladder and gets in several good slams at Harvard to boot. This disquieting novel, Cantor's Dilemma, should be read by everyone who wants to know how science really works. The freshman book committee ought to have this book on their short list, if for no other reason than to see professors squirm when they try to discuss it in the fall. Professor Isidore Cantor, a brilliant molecular biologist who works at a thinly disguised University of Illinois at Urbana, comes up with a hypothesis about how tumors are formed. Cantor's colleagues at Harvard Medical School, where he first introduces the idea in a talk, immediately recognize the idea as brilliant. Cantor's major competitor at Harvard is Kurt Krauss, a molecular biologist so famous he has a tumor named after him.

Thus, the push for priority is enormous. And the only way to establish priority is to be the first to publish. The only option left to Cantor is to do the experiment himself, to become his own Servant as it were, and to design a second experimental test, climbing Everest by a different route p. Because he cannot trust Stafford anymore p. It is only via working through that the methodological requirements and desire for recognition can be reconciled again.

Various instances of self-reflection can be discerned on the epistemic level. But in the novel, the role of the analyst, listening to the dialogues the flow of university discourse with evenly-poised attention, and from an oblique perspective, falls to Leah, the expert in Bachtinian analysis p.

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She is not at all interested in proteins, membranes or arginine, but rather in the grammar of biomolecular discourse. What is wrong with the first person singular?

I went to the courthouse and did it legally. Why do you ask? I thought of the problem and the solution, he did the actual work, and we published it together. An important aspect of his position as Master is that, although from the perspective of his junior collaborators he seems wholly devoted to research, he actually leads a double life, as we have seen, a secret life as an affluent, high-brow gentleman.

In his spare time, he engages in high culture, as an erotic art connoisseur for instance, being the owner of seven original erotic drawings by Egon Schiele.

But this sample from Viennese existence is now embedded in the American way of life and combined with a splendid view over Lake Michigan. And Cantor is quite good at playing the publication game. By establishing formal outlets in the form of journals, discoveries could now be attributed to the scholar who first published about it, or whose paper first reached the editor of an acknowledged journal. But it would also turn publishing into a kind of card game, with the sealed envelope functioning as a kind of trump card.

The content of the sealed envelope is unknown, in principle quite significant, but potentially quite embarrassing, because its claims may prove false which is precisely why it must remain sealed until further notice.

It is up to the author to decide whether and when the card will be shown.

Others only know that a claim is made, but are unfamiliar with the secret content of the claim, thereby demonstrating what Lacan refers to as the priority of the signifier over the signified. Rumours concerning the content of the submitted envelope are likely to precede its disclosure.

But others may have deposited similar claims of course, whose exact content is equally obscure. The signifier has primacy because the fate of the scientific competitors in terms of recognition by peers is already literally sealed. If you submit your envelope sooner, you may claim priority in case you happen to be right, but the chances that your results will prove inadequate or non-replicable will also be greater. In fact, his unconscious already set this game of cards in motion namely during the toilet scene before he consciously became involved in this race for priority.

If you want to lay claim to the Nobel Prize even if you are still uncertain whether your claim is really true or false , there is an opportune moment to submit.

In the case of Arrowsmith, the decision to postpone submission equalled academic suicide. And yes, his unconscious certainly has reasons to deplore this. Whereas the sealed envelope would have given him and advance meanwhile checking his results , the current system entails a handicap because now, retraction can no longer occur discretely and the card that is now on the table for all to see can easily be trumped by competitors like Krauss.

The True Conservative base is the party now. NO was also fun given that some real-life folks are weaved into the fictional storyline. The problem with apologetics and its conjoined twin, natural theology is that the nature of.. Born-again in my mid teens, graduated from a conservative Christian college, Sunday school teacher, deacon, occasional lay preacher, amateur cantor in my Russian Orthodox years , and lastly, atheist, deconverting in my early 40's.

Cantor's Dilemma Carl Djerassi. I gave my life to Jesus, but he didn't want it.

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Consider the subset By hypothesis, there exists such that. But now if , then , so , but if , then , so ; contradiction. Hence does not exist.

Note that the proof goes through perfectly fine for a finite set, where it tells us that for all non-negative integers. I defect, you cooperate , often called exploiting the other player, followed by 2. I cooperate, you cooperate , then 3. I defect, you defect , and then 4. I cooperate, you defect , often called being exploited.


A Nash equilibria in a game is then a choice of mixed strategy for each player such that each player, upon learning the mixed strategy of the other player, does not wish to change their strategy. Nash famously proved that in a game where each player has finitely many possible moves, a Nash equilibria always exists. This raises some interesting questions about how mutual cooperation can occur among rational agents of the kind considered in game theory, and possibly also some questions about how mutual cooperation can evolve in nature.

Here it is important to assign point values to the various outcomes and specify that both players are trying to maximize the number of points they have, and then it could be a sensible strategy to cooperate rather than defect in the hopes of promoting cooperation on future rounds.

Tit for tat achieves mutual cooperation against other players that also cooperate but immediately attempts to punish defection with defection of its own. In this case, it seems plausible that if you cooperate, then so will your opponent, and similarly for defection.

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