Who reads this blog

By Razib Khan | July 30, 2013 2:04 pm

Every now and then Ed Yong has a “de-lurking” post up. That reminds me that it is often useful for long time readers who rarely comment, as they see they are not alone. I won’t put any stipulations on what you have to say (aside from that it has to be about who you are, etc.). So in imitation of Ed I figured that this is as good a time as any to open up the floor (and, I know there’s a large intersection of readership, so you may be practiced).

Addendum: I put the 2011 reader survey raw results online, if anyone wants to process them. I should do something like that again soon….

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  • AG

    Well, I have been following your blog when blogging was still in its infancy (Gene expression day with godless capitalist). Me, just another geek(AG) are MD & PhD. But my research days were long over. Now most my activity is money man who spent most time investing, managing and making money. At end my geeky instinct still strong. Reading your blog and others alike is to satisfy the nerdy need.

  • Brett Olsen

    I’m a postdoctoral researcher in computational biophysics. I like following this site to keep a handle on the squishy side of biology.

  • EdReal

    I read the blog pretty frequently, but I’m not enough of a science person to comment intelligently. Didn’t you do a 2013 or late 2012 survey, too?
    I’m a high school teacher (math, history, English–note what’s missing!) who blogs about education policy, particularly but not exclusively about the problems caused by our determination to ignore cognitive ability in policy. I also blog about teaching in its various forms (including the challenges teaching kids of low to mid cognitive ability). College admissions tests, college admissions, and test prep also make regular appearances. I usually explain why everyone else is wrong, and why education is complicated and unlikely to be changed by policy, parenting, or money.

    • razibkhan
    • Emil Kirkegaard

      Do you happen to know if the IQ of the teacher has an effect on the student’s GPA’s or perhaps IQ? I’m trying to find non-shared environmental effects. But most of those that study teachers don’t understand psychometrics or behavioral genetics, so their studies are usually not useful.

  • wijjy

    Male, 40ish, academic. Statistics/Population Genetics Background. Now work in Medical Genetics. Occasional commenter here. Avatar is not me. Still hoping to understand how the results from GWAS, heritability, CNVs, human variation and human disease fit together without reference to magical thinking.

    Come here to read and to add more papers to my pile of unread ones.

  • James D Miller

    I’m an academic economist and the author of Singularity Rising. I’m extremely interested in how advances in genetics are going to impact society.

  • matt6666

    Just another tech guy with an advanced degree. An unabashed nerd, I follow many science oriented blogs. Interested in the future, in new technology and its effects.

  • waqas

    i’ve a degree in philosophy with some background in medical sciences. i’m from pakistan and work in law enforcement for a living. i read your blog because i want to learn and to know. and because you are one of the most intelligent people i’ve ever read. you have an unmatched conceptual clarity and your approach toward knowledge is as objective as humanly possible. most importantly you are self aware and very true to your self. in ten years time i expect you to be one of those few geniuses around who’d be able make some sense of it all. keep writing and keep posting.

    • razibkhan

      the above is NOT my mom, fwiw :-)

  • Matthew Carroll-Schmidt

    I’m a lawyer. No science background at all!

    • Irenist

      Same here: lawyer with no science background. I come for the insight into human (pre-)history mostly, and try to grok the science as best I can.

  • antdrew

    I’m a graduate student in biology. This blog is tough for me to read, but I read it anyways.

  • RRaccoon

    I read a few times a week. This is the best of the anthropological blogs that I read as a hobby. I have next to no background in science. I work in real estate now in my early 40s. Just interested in how the people of the world came to be where we are today and this blog helps with that. I’ve lived and traveLed all over the world but stay near my hometown on the east coast now. Thanks for this.

  • Spike Gomes

    I’m a multiracial male in his mid-30s from Hawaii. A white collar clerk with blue collar aspirations and fan of the intersections between science and history. I’ve been reading Razib since Manzikert.

    • razibkhan

      very few will get the last reference…but they are the few, and proud?

      p.s. my involvement with so.history.what-if was counter-cyclical to being in a relationship :-)

  • razibkhan

    speaking of popgen etc. i recommend http://mathbionerd.blogspot.com/ to any readers with non-science backgrounds who are interested in pop/quant genetics. melissa’s rather clear for a ‘maths’ person :-) cute daughter too, from one can now judge such things as a semi-pro.

    • Melissa WilsonSayres

      Thank you!!

  • Bryan Ness

    I am a college biology professor and I teach a class in Genetics. This blog is in a bulk newsfeed I monitor and when the topic strikes me as interesting I pop in.

  • Joel Sammallahti

    Game designer and psychology student. I guess I found you through Dienekes or Frost. I follow an eclectic stack of science blogs mostly with human evolution as the common thread.

  • DrSoup

    Background in science, working in drug regulation, I follow a variety of science, skeptic, and general interest blogs. Working from home, blogs are my “window on the world”.

  • maharbbal

    I’m an historian by trade but with a formal training as an economist and informal training trough 10 years of marriage with a geneticist. You’re on my daily check list and have been for a couple of years.

  • Sandgroper

    Incorrect interpretation of Mr Khan’s preferences on comments.

  • Sandgroper

    I’m an ethnic minority who just won’t go away.

  • Dan

    Postdoc – population genetics and statistics. Check this site most days

  • Dan

    Also I met you once at ASHG, but didn’t mention I read your blog. Apologising for this isolated instance of creepiness now

    • razibkhan

      no worries. same happened with others. i was not keen on discussing the blog as i was not there in that capacity (though some people in the hammer lab did not give me that luxury :-).

  • Joe Q.

    I’m scientist working in industrial R&D. Don’t have much of biology / genetics background, but very interested in history.

  • BeanSoupMagyar

    I had two loves up through University; Biology and History. Figured neither would get me a job, programming is easy but everyone seems scared of it- so I took that as my major and career instead. (which I do regret at times).
    Biology and History are still big interests of mine.

  • theLaplaceDemon

    Early-career scientist working in neurobiology. Gene Expression is one of the blogs I check during my lunch break :)

  • razibkhan

    to readers who admit that some of the science is over their head…fwiw, most of it would have been over my head 10 years ago, and much of it 5 years ago. obviously this is not a technical blog, but often i keep the technical content higher than others because if you are genuinely curious over time you can start to understand what’s going on in a deeper way.

    • AG

      That is one of reasons I read this blog. Challenging your own brain is fun for geeks who often also enjoy tough math problems.
      Joy of solving puzzles.

  • Trooper1964

    I have a Poli Sci undergrad, Finance post-grad and work in the Network Defense field (after 23 years in the Army). I’m a fan of anthropology, genetics, history, and have been reading your blog for 2 years after reading recommendations from several bloggers I follow and whose opinions I highly trust. I must say I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

  • Sergy Orloff

    Ukrainian, no degree, now working in sociology, early thirties. Many posts are above my head, sadly. But keep it that way, please =)

  • swissnis

    Scientist for a large seed company working on pepper genetics. Read this and other related blogs to keep up on important non-plant pop gen topics but still appreciate the occasional plant paper review and shout out to Capsicum. And I noticed you dropped your biographic reference to loving habeneros :(

    • razibkhan

      the hab reference got lost in the design transition. i’ll figure out how to add it back in. though since i bought a lot of sauces i’ve cut down on fresh peppers.

  • Odoacer

    Grad student working with adult stem cells. I tried to blog about it, but I don’t really have the energy/time for it anymore.

    • razibkhan

      well, you got ‘real’ stuff to do! good luck & godspeed.

  • Florida_resident

    Blessings to Mr. Khan and his family !
    Your F.r.

  • GHH

    Stay at home mom, background in history and anthropology. Married to a paleoanth that does population genetics. Read to keep up with the field.

  • Hermenauta Nauta

    Brazilian, engineer, civil servant, 50´s, science buff, atheist. We brazilians have trouble in identifying as “hispanic” but I think that would go under standard north-american classification. Sometimes I dare to not agree with the author but ever admire his integrity and approach.

  • phanmo

    Canadian, from Toronto, currently living in Nantes, France and working in transport. No academic background but I have a strong layman’s comprehension of science, and a level of understanding of genetics that is getting better, largely thanks to you! I’m also looking forward to the birth of my daughter in November; we’re going to get her and ourselves tested with 23andme.

  • Jim Ross

    I’m a Canadian political consultant (conservative), I divide my time mostly between Southern Ontario and Alberta. I’ve been reading for years, but no science background (or degree of any sort).

  • AndrewV69

    I no longer remember when I started following your blog. I used to be an IT geek (Z/OS, Solaris, Linux etc. etc. etc).
    Now retired in Canada with a “pizza style” (wide but shallow) variety of interests that encompasses aspects of genetics & biology, sociology, anthropology, history, social movements (men’s rights & feminism), religion (Islam & christianity), culture and politics (mainly WEIRD).

  • Nils Homer

    Your blog was recommended through a mutual friend (you two were at Oregon, our friend and I were at UCLA, I’ll let you figure out who). I am a computer scientist, who dabbles in bioinformatics and human genetics. I like your various explorations into population genetics, consumer genomics, and political musings. Keep up the good work.

  • aeonsim

    Doctoral candidate in Genomics with a Biochem background, interesting to read about things on the edge of what I look at and get a different view.

  • Emil Kirkegaard

    I study linguistics at university, but really it’s just something I do which is okay and allows me to pursue other interests, mainly psychometrics and everything related to that. In Denmark the state pays you ~1000 USD per month to study, and give you access to cheap housing. The psychology department is not good here, but the linguistics one is okay, and even uninteresting linguistics is reasonably tolerable. Exams are easy due to academic inflation, so this plays very well with my desire to study other things mostly than linguistics.

    I’m a polymath, and study all kinds of stuff. We have lots of books in common on goodreads.com as well (I follow you, but we aren’t friends on that service).

    Since you often post about populations genetics, behavioral genetics, psychometrics and you have a good no nonsense attitude, I read this blog quite often. I mostly skip the history stuff which does generally not interest me that much.

  • GuiSavy

    I am a 24 year old studying on a masters of Fine Arts in Melbourne, I also teach French conversation. I read your blog along with Ed Yong and Dienekes’ on the tram, although since the redesign of Discover I’ve been coming less often (it suddenly got very messy for my old phone). I am particularly interested in population genetics, ancient history, linguistics and anthropology; which somehow/sometimes informs my own practice and research around the creation of narratives (in particular their relationship to mnemonics) in art and culture at large.
    I sometimes regret not having gone on to study genetics instead. Perhaps I will come to it later in life.


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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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