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Listen now (56 min) | The life and times of a techie son of immigrants and convert to Judaism

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Multiple hominin dispersals into Southwest Asia over the past 400,000 years: We have identified at least five pulses of human dispersal into northern Arabia, each associated with a phase of […]

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a sampler of recent paid posts (with follow-up notes)

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Over at my Substack I posted a much longer review of The Genetic Lottery (you can find my shorter review at UnHerd). That prompted a reader to point me to […]

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Cosmopolitanism at the Roman Danubian Frontier, Slavic Migrations, and the Genomic Formation of Modern Balkan Peoples: The Roman Empire expanded through the Mediterranean shores and brought human mobility and cosmopolitanism […]

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The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, a progressive behavior geneticist weighs in

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Ruben Arslan is a psychologist who works at the Center for Adaptive Rationality. I’ve long tracked his work because of his interest in leveraging evolutionary and genetic frameworks in the context of psychology. Additionally, Arslan has long been an ad…

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Listen now (51 min) | New work reimagines our understanding of the settling of the Philippines during the Holocene and modern human admixture with Denisovans during the Pleistocene

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After a long delay, I’ve dropped part 4 of my continuing series on the Eurasian steppe and its history (I am currently planning on going down to the 13th century AD…so this should take me into 2022 since I’ve barely made it beyond 2000 BC as of now). The next installment is planned to be …

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The biological and social consequences of Yamnaya nomadism

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A new open-access paper, Genome of a middle Holocene hunter-gatherer from Wallacea: Much remains unknown about the population history of early modern humans in southeast Asia, where the archaeological record […]

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Since David hasn’t mentioned it, I’m going to post some notes on Dynamic changes in genomic and social structures in third millennium BCE central Europe. This is a big deal […]

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A new paper on Turkey, The genetic structure of the Turkish population reveals high levels of variation and admixture: We delineated the fine-scale genetic structure of the Turkish population by […]

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I’m still broadly supportive of the heuristics and biases program. I still think Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment and Thinking, Fast and Slow are worth reading. This sort of […]

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Carole Hooven’s T: The Story of Testosterone, the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us is well written. I recommend it to everyone. There are lots of little details that make […]

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I might as well mention that I’ll be doing a Pathan genetics and history room on Clubhouse in a bit over 5 hours. Clubhouse is now open to anyone on all major platforms.

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I did an interview with Myra MacDonald on my Substack. It’s gated, but I’ll ungate it for nonsubscribers in two weeks.

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Jared Rubin is a professor of economics at Chapman University. He works at the intersection of religion and economics. This is not an entirely obscure field, as evident in 2010’s Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion. Nevertheless, R…

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Listen now (58 min) | What does the American withdrawal from Afghanistan presage for South Asian geopolitics?

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In the late 2000s Dan Ariely was huge. This was the era of the post-2008 financial crisis when heterodox and behavioral economics came into vogue. I really enjoyed reading Predictably […]

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