Open Thread – October 30th, 2010

By Razib Khan | October 30, 2010 12:27 am

Oren Harman, author of The Price of Altruism is on BHTV. Recommended.

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  • Billare

    So what’s with the Indian surname”Rao”? Wikipedia informs me it’s a royal title, but I hope to get a bit I can get a bit more clarification from you: is it merely a long-lived family name, or is more of a title that could be earned, like being invested as an earl or baronet in England? Or perhaps it’s more like the aristocratic German “von” that has been filtered down, sort of how Cromwell was descended from more powerful gentry ? I’m wondering because it seems like they flock to very quantitative professions, I’ve noticed quite a few are statisticians or high level engineers. Did the lineage have a very functionalized role in Indian society?

  • Razib Khan

    thought it was a title. like khan, or patel, or malik. would tend to come from upper strata.


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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at


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