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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.

The Insight Insitome: Your guide to the story of you

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    • 4.8 • 281 Ratings

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.

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

    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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Why Western Europeans are so WEIRD and why that matters!

    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 min
    Why much of science is fiction

    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

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Siberian paleohistory

    Siberian paleohistory

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

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Sundaland: a human evolutionary hearth

    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

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Peopling the Americas 32,000 years ago

    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 min

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281 Ratings

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Fascinating podcast. Too bad it ended.

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Outstanding

One of the best science podcasts I’ve heard since I started chasing them around 2006. Funny, concise, deepest and up to date. Invaluable context for the constant stream of gene stories and revelations.

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From a Boomer Writer/Photographer

I am agreed with the author of "Speech Matters." As a 68 year old who grew up in a world in which people still knew how to read and write, let alone speak, I am appalled by the two generations of so-called "adults" who have followed after my generation. It is as though education has been deliberately dumbed down for fifty years. That said, it's not just language skills that have been dumbed down. I've been following the latest developments in archaeology, anthropology, etc. since I was 7 years old and I witnessed, as a young adult, in the 1970s, the effects of the Creationists' attempt to bar education in evolution and anthropology from public school science classes. I am absolutely disgusted with the widespread ignorance of the public, many of whom don't even know the meaning of the word "paleolithic."

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