By Razib Khan | March 25, 2010 5:22 pm

If you’re a regular reader of my blogs, you don’t need to go any further. Otherwise, read on….

Substance: As indicated by the title of the blog I will focus on biological science. Specifically, I’m interested in evolutionary genetics & genomics, human evolution & genomics, as well as odds & ends such as paleoanthropology, phylogenetics and natural history. But science isn’t all that I’m interested in, and I will cover topics which catch my fancy, such as history, religion, economics and public policy. On occasion I will synthesize and interweave a scientific perspective into “non-scientific” topics. For example, how do history & biology relate?  That path was long blazed by works such as Plagues & Peoples. Religion & biology? As outlined in Breaking the Spell there is a good case to be made that religion is a natural phenomenon which emerges from our evolutionary background. And so on. I am a nerd and I will offer a nerd’s eye view.

Style: I try not to take myself too seriously. There are many monographs you can read, and this weblog won’t be written in such a manner. I’m genuinely interested in topics of substance, but there’s no reason that a bit of human silliness or humor can’t be injected to enliven the flavor. If there’s anything I would ask, it would be that you not take me too seriously, rather, that this weblog be a jumping off point for your own explorations. I’m not holding forth from on high, but trying to make my way through choppy waters in the hopes of glimpsing startling new vistas. We all have our own paths and trails to blaze, and there’s no fun in unanimity of method or outcome.

Comments: Comments are important. From the comments over the past 8 years of blogging I have learned much. But civility is important, and I enforce that with some zeal. Rudeness and snark have a high short term yield in satisfaction, but they often poison the long term ecology. I’m the game warden here, and work hard to keep down the number of introduced pests.  Moderation will be turned on. I don’t care for “meta” discussions about the standards for comments and moderation, so don’t go there. Some of my readers have been with me for nearly 8 years, and they’re the ones whose opinions I value.

Where I’m coming from: I’m an atheist, but not a “new’ one. I have little interest in converting people to anything or from anything, but my naturalistic presuppositions do inform my assessments of the world. I’m also politically somewhat conservative. Politics is not a great animating force in my own life, so I doubt you will to be subjected to much in the way of political commentary, but when it comes to social or policy issues my own perspective obviously matters in interpreting what I’m saying. More specifically, it probably influences non-scientific topics which catch my eye, even if my own stances are left ambiguous. If I’m neutral or leave my own opinion implicit, that’s conscious. Again, I have little interest in swaying the opinions of readers, and nor do I appreciate readers “connecting the dots” when I leave aspects unsaid (e.g., “So what you’re trying to say….” is a way to really get me angry; if I was trying to say something I would say it). The readership of my blogs are generally diverse when it comes to political topics, so do not expect a uniform choir. There are many places where you can find that!

  • Neuro-conservative

    Why the move?

  • http://johnhawks.net/weblog John Hawks

    Well, look at that!

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    no juicy backstory. right time & right place. had a good 4+ years run at ScienceBlogs.

  • JL

    Now this was a surprise. There’s no link to here from scienceblogs gnxp.

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  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    posts going up in about 12 hours. had to delay the “hard launch” for various reasons.

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  • http://slipr.com Christopher Mims

    Glad to see one of the most informative science blogs on the web at a new home! Congrats. Looking forward to more thought-provoking stuff.

  • http://www.iayork.com/MysteryRays/ iayork

    Broken RSS link? I get

    XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
    Location: http://feeds.feedburner.com/GeneExpressionBlog
    Line Number 2, Column 1:

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    thanks! i’ve fwded the issue on.

  • http://deepseanews.com Kevin Z

    Good fit for you Razib! The feedburner RSS feed has an XML parsing error when I tried to use it in Firefox.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp Razib Khan

    i am told by the corporeal powers that be that the feedburner issue will resolve itself in due time. please be patient.

    thanks for the best wishes.

  • http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen Greg Laden

    Wow. Congratulations on your new accommodations! A win for Discover, a loss for Sb, but most importantly, I hope, a win for you!

  • dev

    Congratulations on the move, I hope it works out well for you in terms of readership and other aspects. I finally broke down and subscribed to the blog news feed, and can report that it is working fine (at least using NetNewsWire on OS X).

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/sean/ Sean


  • http://frankcornish.wordpress.com Frank Cornish

    New digs, new humor, new data relationships to explore. Hope you enjoy it.

  • http://www.accidentalblogger.typepad.com Ruchira

    Congratulations, Razib. I will follow you here, of course. Changed the address on my blog roll also.


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About Razib Khan

I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com


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