Author Archives: Razib Khan

When the engine of human progress has nothing left to give (part 2)

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Nick Patterson has responded on his Substack to the NYRB piece Why Biology is not Destiny, which itself is an attack on Kathryn Paige Harden’s book The Genetic Lottery. Patterson […]

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The origin story of violent human competition (part 1)

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Listen now (61 min) | America and its borders

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The official conversion of the nation of Lithuania to Christianity was in 1387. This means officially Lithuanians have been Christian for 635 years, and did not adopt the religion until more than 1,000 years after Constantine the Great accepted Christi…

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s ouvre is appropriate, Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding, The Woman That Never Evolved and Mother Nature: Maternal Instincts and How […]

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There is an internet/social media controversy about the new book, The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe. The book itself is fine. I have a copy though I […]

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In the last week, I put up a big two-part series of posts on Substack, The wolf at history’s door and Casting out the wolf in our midst, about the […]

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A fine day in May

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Listen now (67 min) | A career in human genetics

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Rand Simberg is the author of 2014’s Safe Is Not An Option: Overcoming The Futile Obsession With Getting Everyone Back Alive That Is Killing Our Expansion Into Space, and a space business consultant, as well as a longtime blogger and commentator. Today…

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How shepherd and wolf remade Eurasia in their image (part 2)

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In the recent film The Northman the protagonist, Amleth, has a romantic relationship with a woman, “Olga of the Birch Forest.” Amleth was a Viking who raided Kievan Rus, and […]

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Periodically I get asked about Greek genetics. I check the literature, and it doesn’t seem like a deep survey has been performed on the modern populations yet. Yes, there are […]

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Ed West has a post up about the pervasiveness of shield-maidens in modern dramatizations of the Viking culture: The hunt for the kick-ass Viking girlboss. In terms of how it […]

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How shepherd and wolf remade Eurasia in their image (part 1)

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In this episode of Unsupervised Learning Razib talks to Molson Hart, founder and CEO of Viahart, an educational toy company. He is also co-founder of Edison, an intellectual property-focused litigation financing firm. Hart has gained some visibility as…

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Listen now (74 min) | Religion in Baltic, 1300 to 1600 AD

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Eurasia’s End

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Today is “DNA Day,” I checked Nebula Genomics website to see if there was a deal. So I got the 30x whole genome sequencing for $199+$24.99/month subscription. The deal is […]

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