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Subscribe now Give a gift subscription Share This week on Unsupervised Learning Razib catches up with Leighton Woodhouse, a documentarian and journalist (with a Substack!), to discuss the rise of political polarization and the disintegration of tr…

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Listen now (72 min) | A biologist’s journey from academia to government

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Over the last 14 months I’ve written on the order of 200,000 words on this Substack, with the majority focused on particular geographic locales. Indulging my inner elementary-school geography nerd, I totaled up word counts roughly by region. This required the occasional arbitrary judgement call: whereas

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In 2015 Alice Dreger published Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice in 2015, and writing now in almost-in-2022 I feel there’s a Cassandra-like character to […]

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A postscript

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A few days ago some Indian politician was making the case for ghar wapsi (conversion of non-Hindus of Hindu ancestral background to Hinduism). Of course, he had to withdraw the comments due to an uproar. Myself, I’m American, and people convert from religion to religion all the time. It’s a bit tasteless for a public … Continue reading On the Hindu contradiction of intents

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Conversations you may have missed

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Hopi Hoekstra has announced that E. O. Wilson has died. Not on Wikipedia yet as of this writing, but she would know. The obituaries will come flowing in. Wilson was […]

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Has anyone read The Dawn of Everything? What are your opinions? What are the best reviews? My prior is to be skeptical because economic historians and economists tend not be […]

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This will be part of David Anthony’s new book for sure…

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Arrests, Beatings and Secret Prayers: Inside the Persecution of India’s Christians: The Christians were mid-hymn when the mob kicked in the door. A swarm of men dressed in saffron poured inside. They jumped onstage and shouted Hindu supremacist slogans. They punched pastors in the head. They threw women to the ground, sending terrified children scuttling … Continue reading Christian conversions in rural India

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Listen now (85 min) | The politics and sociology of religious change

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Subscribe now Give a gift subscription Share This week on the Unsupervised Learning podcast Dr. Xiaotong Yao, a computational biologist specializing in cancer research at Cornell’s Weill Institute, joins Razib.    They first dig deep into genomics…

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Two preprints/papers. Identifying and Interpreting Apparent Neanderthal Ancestry in African Individuals: Admixture has played a prominent role in shaping patterns of human genomic variation, including gene flow with now-extinct hominins […]

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Amy Wax is on Glenn Loury’s show going off on Asian immigrants, and to a great extent, Indian American women who play the whole woke game. First, I myself have written about the representation of Indians/browns among woke activist types. Amy is reflecting a descriptive reality; don’t deny it, it’s true. Though this is especially … Continue reading I for one welcome our new Brown overlords!

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I wrote three long pieces for my Substack: Yo mama’s mama’s mama’s mama… etc. Our African origins: the more we understand, the less we know ($). What happens in Denisova […]

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Part 3 of 3: Secrets from the Asian family tree keep making news

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Part 2 of 3: The revolution in our understanding of African human evolution

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The paper Papua New Guinean Genomes Reveal the Complex Settlement of North Sahul came out a few months ago. It’s fine. But one thing jumped out at me: All estimated […]

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The new Wheel of Time television show has a scene where an Aiel woman totally smashes a half a dozen male soldiers with her skilled usage of her spears (this […]

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