Daily Data Dump – Monday

By Razib Khan | September 20, 2010 2:58 pm

Summer is almost over.

What was malt liquor? The history of malt liquor, and also Pabst Blue Ribbon. No idea that malt liquor used to have an upscale association.

The Genetics & Linguistics Of Central Asia. Excellent overview from a somewhat different angle from my own. Excellent map.

Cousin marriage in the UK and genetic testing. John Hawks ruminates with caution and sensitivity. “I’m inclined toward the opinion that people should choose themselves, and technology should facilitate their choices, not foreclose them. The State may educate, not shouldn’t dictate. But not everyone agrees, and most argue for some point at which the State should bar people from destructive choices. But where is that, and who should control the information? That’s what’s at stake in genetic testing.” One of the aspects in living in societies where some risks are socialized is that in fact collective “wisdom” can coerce individuals. That’s not a normative should, but really more of an is. The question is not should, but where, as in where is the line? In societies where ~30% of the population is obese vs. 1% of the population engaging in cousin marriage, I think the efficacious path of reducing socialized health care expenditures may differ from the politically feasible path. More voters love their twinkies than have the hots for cuz.

unicornSORRY, H. G. WELLS, NO SCI-FI ALLOWED. A short story contest for young people in honor of H. G. Wells, but no science fiction please!

Asian ‘Unicorn’ Photographed for First Time in Over 10 Years. There are some still “blank spots” in the map, even for big mammals.

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  • http://ukcommentators.blogspot.com/ Laban

    Razib – slightly off topic but related to Central Asian genetics – has anyone ever actually garnered evidence linking the population of modern Afghanistan to Alexander the Great’s army ? I remember seven or eight years back the UK Spectator sponsored an expedition to Nuristan to collect samples, but I never heard of any results.

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

    laban, been falsified. no connection.

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

    Thank you for quoting that so that I would notice the egregious typo!

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


  • http://ecophysio.fieldofscience.com/ EcoPhysioMichelle

    But it has two horns! Argh!

  • onur

    What about Pashtuns (Alexander’s favorite ethnic group)?

  • DK

    The map’s legend: “Slavic” and “Indo-European” as separate categories. WTF???

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

    What about Pashtuns (Alexander’s favorite ethnic group)

    since they’re in the HGDP, we know there’s nothing special about that out of what we’d expect. they have legends about descent from jews too.


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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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