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September 25, 2020

Open Thread – 9/26/2020 – Brown Pundits

Filed under: Open Thread — Razib Khan @ 4:01 pm

I have mixed feelings about casting Dev Patel as Gawain. Though my feelings are not strong, they are similar to my feelings about casting white actors as non-Europeans in the past: you get over it, but it takes away from verisimilitude.

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September 18, 2020

Open Thread – 09/19/2020 – Brown Pundits

Filed under: Open Thread — Razib Khan @ 4:46 pm

The comments are open(ish).

September 15, 2020

Open Thread – 09/16/2020 – Gene Expression

Filed under: Open Thread — Razib Khan @ 11:46 pm

India in the Persianate Age: 1000–1765 is a good read and I recommend it. I don’t read too many books on Indian history to be honest, because there seems to be a death of them (perhaps they are printed in India?). This is in contrast to China. Then again, China has a much stronger tradition of premodern history writing (which, to a great extent, is really Muslim observations of India).

The power to detect cultural transmission in the Nuclear Twin Family design with and without polygenic risk scores and in the Transmitted-Non-transmitted (alleles) design.

Evolution is in the details: Regulatory differences in modern human and Neanderthal.

Pervasive duplication of tumor suppressors in Afrotherians during the evolution of large bodies and reduced cancer risk.

Podcast: One Billion Americans, with Matt Yglesias.

Two related podcasts on The Insight, Joe Henrich and Brian Hare.

If you haven’t, check out Quantitative Genetics, do so. Everyone should know some population genetics and some quantitative genetics. OK, not everyone. But more.

University of Chicago only accepting English students willing to work in black studies. A lot of conservatives are mad. First, I don’t think this is sincere. They don’t want to admit people this year, and, the faculty want to just say that they did this to avoid accusations of racism. Look at all the old white people collecting salaries in their English department (seems like they’ve really increased diversity in the assistant professor track though).

Second, for most people, even at an elite university, studying the humanities is a scam. Instead of demanding that these universities take ten years of someone’s life to do a novel interpretation of a Shakespeare play, more people should be reading Shakespeare, period. The current system is not sustainable.

I wrote this spring of 2017:

Sulla is efficient. Cruel, but certain in his rightness. Sulla is not a clown. He is not narcissistic, for Sulla does have ideals, even if you hold that those ideals are cruel or callous. Sulla is a piece of furniture, found in many places at many times. The United States of America has not seen Sulla yet. I believe it will.

I have no idea why I had such a dark vision of America in 2017. But I did. And in some ways, I think I was justified. The main difference now is I am not so sure that the lictors will ever come. Perversion, not proscriptions.

September 11, 2020

Open Thread – 09/12/2020

Filed under: Open Thread — Razib Khan @ 4:19 pm

Have at it.

September 6, 2020

Open Thread – 09/06/2020 – Gene Expression

Filed under: Open Thread — Razib Khan @ 4:35 pm

India in the Persianate Age: 1000–1765 is a decent read. Recommended if you have the time.

I have a Wikipedia page. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Inferring Causal Direction Between Two Traits in the Presence of Horizontal Pleiotropy with GWAS Summary Data.

The Age Of The Mega-City Is Over. Probably wrong. But who knows?

Evolution is in the details: Regulatory differences in modern human and Neandertal.

Low Prevalence of Lactase Persistence in Bronze Age Europe Indicates Ongoing Strong Selection over the Last 3,000 Years. David has some comments.

‘Be smart’: New Yorkers get good news on virus numbers, but also a warning.

This Fish Should Not Exist.

Brandon Sanderson has book 4 of The Stormlight Archive. This is out of 10 projected books. He began the series in 2010. Different than some authors.

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