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The Insight

The Insight

Insitome: Your guide to the story of you

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Where did we come from? One of humanity's most basic questions, the answer is fascinating. Weaving together insights from the fields of genetics, archaeology, linguistics, and paleoanthropology, hosts Spencer Wells and Razib Khan take us on a grand tour of human history. Scientific storytelling at its best.

Latest Episodes

Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Razib discusses the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity with one of the authors. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07ZC6XGGX/geneexpressio-20

64 minSEP 15
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Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

Razib talks to evolutionary anthropologist Joe Henrich about his new book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07RZFCPMD/geneexpressio-20

50 minSEP 8
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Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

Why much of science is fiction

Razib talks to Stuart Ritchie about his new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1250222699/geneexpressio-20

80 minSEP 4
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Why much of science is fiction

Siberian paleohistory

Razib and Spencer discuss the geography, prehistory, and genetics, of Siberia. Also, Spencer talks about his Siberian winter!

78 minAUG 6
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Siberian paleohistory

Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

Razib and Spencer discuss why the geology and biogeography of Southeast Asia may explain why it is so important in the history of human evolution. Show notes: https://blog.insito.me/humanitys-second-cradle-in-southeast-asia-cbb26244f08a

93 minAUG 1
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Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

Razib discusses revolutionary new work published in Nature that tells us that modern humans were present in the Americas 32,000 years ago with one of the authors, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02190-y https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0

41 minJUL 24
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Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

Ghost in the machine

Spencer and Razib talk about what we mean when we say "ghost population" in human genetics, and why it's so important to understand our origins. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2842210/ https://www.genetics.org/content/192/3/1065.short

53 minJUL 17
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Ghost in the machine

Native American admixture into Polynesia!

Razib talks to Alex Ioannidis on the new paper which he is a first author of which argues that there is pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves? https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2487-2

44 minJUL 10
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Native American admixture into Polynesia!

Will to Power and the Holocene transition

Razib and Spencer talk about what a new ancient DNA paper from Neolithic Ireland suggests about radical inequality and power differentials in early agricultural societies, and what that says about the transition from hunting and gathering more generally https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6 (also, coronavirus update!)

61 minJUN 26
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Will to Power and the Holocene transition

Two cultures, humanities and science

Spencer and Razib discuss what the humanities can offer to science with Kerim Yasar, professor of East Asian literature https://twitter.com/nihonkyo

60 minJUN 19
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Two cultures, humanities and science

Latest Episodes

Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Razib discusses the new book Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity with one of the authors. https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07ZC6XGGX/geneexpressio-20

64 minSEP 15
Comments
Brian Hare and Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

Razib talks to evolutionary anthropologist Joe Henrich about his new book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous, https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07RZFCPMD/geneexpressio-20

50 minSEP 8
Comments
Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

Why much of science is fiction

Razib talks to Stuart Ritchie about his new book, Science Fictions: How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1250222699/geneexpressio-20

80 minSEP 4
Comments
Why much of science is fiction

Siberian paleohistory

Razib and Spencer discuss the geography, prehistory, and genetics, of Siberia. Also, Spencer talks about his Siberian winter!

78 minAUG 6
Comments
Siberian paleohistory

Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

Razib and Spencer discuss why the geology and biogeography of Southeast Asia may explain why it is so important in the history of human evolution. Show notes: https://blog.insito.me/humanitys-second-cradle-in-southeast-asia-cbb26244f08a

93 minAUG 1
Comments
Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

Razib discusses revolutionary new work published in Nature that tells us that modern humans were present in the Americas 32,000 years ago with one of the authors, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02190-y https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2509-0

41 minJUL 24
Comments
Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

Ghost in the machine

Spencer and Razib talk about what we mean when we say "ghost population" in human genetics, and why it's so important to understand our origins. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2842210/ https://www.genetics.org/content/192/3/1065.short

53 minJUL 17
Comments
Ghost in the machine

Native American admixture into Polynesia!

Razib talks to Alex Ioannidis on the new paper which he is a first author of which argues that there is pre-Columbian Native American ancestry in Eastern Polynesia. Did the Polynesians bring them back from the mainland? Or did they voyage themselves? https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2487-2

44 minJUL 10
Comments
Native American admixture into Polynesia!

Will to Power and the Holocene transition

Razib and Spencer talk about what a new ancient DNA paper from Neolithic Ireland suggests about radical inequality and power differentials in early agricultural societies, and what that says about the transition from hunting and gathering more generally https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6 (also, coronavirus update!)

61 minJUN 26
Comments
Will to Power and the Holocene transition

Two cultures, humanities and science

Spencer and Razib discuss what the humanities can offer to science with Kerim Yasar, professor of East Asian literature https://twitter.com/nihonkyo

60 minJUN 19
Comments
Two cultures, humanities and science
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