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Evolutionary psychology is a field that has made headlines ever since its inception as a distinct discipline in the 1980’s. In this episode of Unsupervised Learning, Razib talks to Dr. Tania Reynolds of the University of New Mexico, who researches intr…

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What happens in Anatolia doesn’t stay in Anatolia (culturally and biologically speaking)

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How do we know when to trust the experts? On January 23rd, 2020, Vox published a piece titled The evidence on travel bans for diseases like coronavirus is clear: They don’t work. Journalists are largely limited to reporting what experts tell them, and …

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Listen now (69 min) | From understanding political beliefs through philosophy to being far too online

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Truss learns the hard way that Britain isn’t America: If anti-Americanism was bad, look what its opposite has done. Britain is in trouble because its elite is so engrossed with the US as to confuse it for their own nation. The UK does not issue the world’s reserve currency. It does not have near-limitless demand … Continue reading A confused post-Empire

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“Yankee go home!” has often been hurled at Americans indiscriminately. But the reality is that Yankee as a category initially meant the people of New England and its colonies across the northern fringe United States, from upstate New York to Minnesota….

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Listen now (73 min) | Evolutionary psychology and the female behavioral ecology

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The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool: The history of the British Isles and Ireland is characterized by multiple periods of major cultural change, including […]

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Three blockbuster papers on ancient DNA just landed in Science Magazine: The genetic history of the Southern Arc: A bridge between West Asia and Europe, A genetic probe into the ancient and medieval history of Southern Europe and West Asia, and, Ancien…

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Re-reading The Turks in World History as I’m thinking about my next post in my series on the Eurasian steppe for Substack. The Joy and Privilege of Growing Up in […]

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Listen now (61 min) | Why decision and prediction-making need to change

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Septimius Severus is important because he brought the Roman Empire back from the chaos ushered in by the assassination of Commodus. He was born in 145 AD and so grew […]

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You can’t touch this: a quiz for the diehards

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Listen now (81 min) | Is the American way the New England way?

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Katherine Brodsky is today a freelance writer who in the early 2000’s was the founder and editor-in-chief of an online culture magazine that was registering 600,000 pageviews a month while herself still an undergrad. In this episode of the Unsupervised…

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Almost Autumn Edition

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This week takes The Unsupervised Learning podcast in a somewhat different direction. In response to a common listener request, Razib takes on his first “one-man-show,” digging into his stores of knowledge of the population genetics of ancient peoples a…

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Good – they spent much of the massive budget on decent special effects. The scenery and setting were often great – the Hobbits are weird, but the main Hobbit character […]

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