Author Archives: Razib Khan

How and when did the Ashkenazim come to be?

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The traditional model, which I’ve alluded to before on this weblog before, is that Japan is a synthesis of Jomon and Yayoi, with the latter dominant, and bringing rice-agriculture to […]

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I’m reading The Great Indo-European Horse Sacrifice: 4000 Years of Cosmological Continuity from Sintashta and the Steppe to Scandinavian Skeid, since we now know that modern horses come from the […]

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I’ll probably be writing a piece (free) for my Substack on caste so that people can use it for a reference. The lie that it was “invented by the British” seems pretty pervasive and will spread in the next few years for various ideological reasons, so it is useful to always remember the truth even […]

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Matt pointed me to the fact that the paper that’s going to come out: Horse domestication fundamentally transformed long-range mobility and warfare. However, modern domesticates do not descend from the […]

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This week Razib sits down with author and tech entrepreneur Antonio Garcia Martinez to talk about some of the myriad ways in which technology and belief structures underpin and reinforce each other.   Antonio discusses how his ongoing conversion to Jud…

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Listen now (57 min) | After a year and a half of COVID-hawkery I discuss where we’re at with Dr. Emily Deans

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The paper is not out, but since the data has been uploaded they posted the abstract for the world to see, Project: PRJEB44430: Horse domestication fundamentally transformed long-range mobility and warfare. However, modern domesticates do not descend from the earliest domestic horse lineage associated with archaeological evidence of bridling, milking and corralling at Botai, Central […]

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Over on Twitter the eminent population geneticist Molly Przeworski has an important and lauded thread up: The thread has been widely re-tweeted and quote-tweeted by biologists. This prompted a response […]

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Adrian Wooldridge has a new book out, The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World. The juxtaposition between the terms aristocracy and meritocracy is amusing. Obviously, I’ve had […]

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Recommendations for everything, almost-fall edition

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In this weeks episode Razib sits down with Maximillian Larena of Upsala Universities evolutionary biology department to discuss the peopling of the Philippines via five proposed population pulses and introgression events beginning with the earliest Aus…

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Listen now (51 min) | How are we to think about the evolution of coronavirus?

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My piece on Afghanistan is up on Substack (it’s free). Gotten good feedback so far, so check it out!

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People of the crossroads

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Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road has an extensive section on Afghanistan. The Bamiyan Buddhas reminds us what the texts make clear: up until 900 AD the highlands in an around modern Afghanistan were heavily Buddhist. The Turki Shahi kings of Kabul seem to have patronized Buddhism. In contrast, their successors, the Hindu Shahi […]

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I ran a Clubhouse last night on Nepalese genetics. I said something to the effect that most Nepalese Brahmins have Tibetan admixture. A Nepalese Brahmin came up on stage to tell me this was inaccurate, and that they did not intermarry with native people. To give the benefit of the doubt I went back and […]

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What’s going on? We’re out of Afghanistan!

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Myra MacDonald is the author of Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War and White as the Shroud: India, Pakistan and War on the Frontiers of Kashmir. The former Reuters Bureau Chief in India, MacDonald is an incisive observer o…

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