The Science of Success – The Atlantic (December 2009)

The Science of Success – The Atlantic (December 2009)

read this en route to barcelona and it’s a really fascinating and hopeful hypothesis that weaves together nature v. nurture and genetic predisposition around the central tenet:  so many people with “bad” genes have survived instead of being weeded out that these orchid children–those who are not natural programmed with advantageous traits (dandelion children) but can thrive despite their shortcomings given the right environment–with their unique makeup may actually prove to be stronger, respond dramatically to special attention early on, and may actually substantiate survival of the fittest rather than refute it.  long story short:  all you screw ups out there who remember your moments of genius, carpe diem, but breed carefully.

illustration from the atlantic monthly website

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