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Listen now (110 min) | An ex-radical Islamist speaks

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The Summer Drought Edition

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About a month ago, during a COVID-19 wave, I saw a Substack post, How to Get Paxlovid Quickly, If You Get Covid – How to get the 89%-effective Covid cure called Paxlovid, despite government red tape, shared across various group chats. For non-Americans…

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It’s Bangladesh after Sri Lanka: Protests erupt over 52% fuel price hike: Following the tragic situation in Sri Lanka, thousands of demonstrators flocked to the streets in many Bangladeshi cities when the Sheikh Hasina administration raised fuel prices to their highest level since the neighbouring nation’s independence by about 52%. Global supply shocks due to … Continue reading The flip side of globalization

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Listen now (83 min) | English history and its special relationship with America

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No big surprises it seems. The r-squared of between 2020 election and 2022 ballot measure is ~0.80, so 80% of the variance in the second can be predicted by variance […]

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A casual comment…most Indo-European societies seem to have originally had some sort of occupational caste system. I’m talking here of Dumezil’s trifunctional hypothesis, warrior, priest and commoner. But only the Indian subcontinent has jati. I was thinking about it when reflecting on work to come out soon from David Reich’s lab on ancient Pontic steppe ancestry … Continue reading Varna is Indo-European and jati is Indian

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What if everything you learned about anthropology turned out to be wrong? Well, OK, maybe not everything, but some very important things. Today Razib talks to Manvir Singh about primitive communism and misconceptions about hunter-gatherers, what anthro…

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What we talk about when we compare chimps to humans genetically

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The sequences of 150,119 genomes in the UK Biobank: We defined two other cohorts based on ancestry: African (XAF; n = 9,633; Extended Data Fig. 4) and South Asian (XSA; n = 9,252; Extended Data Fig. 5) (Fig. 3a–c). The 37,598 UKB individuals who do not belong to XBI, XAF or XSA were assigned to the cohort OTH (others). … Continue reading Thank God the British are working on South Asian genomics

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Dairying, diseases and the evolution of lactase persistence in Europe: In European and many African, Middle Eastern and southern Asian populations, lactase persistence (LP) is the most strongly selected monogenic […]

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Listen now (100 min) | The author of the #1 sports Substack speaks

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I mentioned this in my latest Time Well Spent (a recurring feature of my newsletter), but I’ve started a collab with a firm called dry.io. On its website they say […]

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A nation endures across the millennia

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On this episode of the Unsupervised Learning podcast, Razib talks to Dr. Judge Glock about the case for optimism in America in 2022. An economic historian by training, Glock is a Chief Policy Officer at the Cicero Institute. Though public polling shows…

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Listen now (58 min) | Two years of pandemics, moral panics and epistemological tribalism

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Harvard Magazine has a nice piece up on David Reich’s biography and research. The section where Reich addresses the strange issues regarding Neanderthals jumped out at me, as I’ve had […]

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The new Rings of Power series debuts on September 2nd, so they have a new trailer out. I’m skeptical, but they pulled all the stops for the effects. My expectation […]

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Apologies for the second email, but I used the incorrect link for the Manvir Singh podcast written transcript (I assume most of you are not interested in a .vcf file). Guess it goes to show that I shouldn’t multitask. But if you want the transcript to my podcast with Manvir Singh, here is the correct link:

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Dr. Iona Italia’s name often perplexes the public, but it’s entirely explicable considering her background. Her late father was from the Parsi community of the Indian subcontinent. Descendants of Persians who continued to adhere to the Zoroastrian reli…

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