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By Razib Khan | April 9, 2010 12:03 pm

The Closing of the Conservative Mind. Noah Millman doesn’t post often, but when he does it’s always worth reading.

Close to Homo? – The announcement of Australopithecus sediba. The tendency to trump everything as the most awesome ancestor or link is perhaps analogous to the demand from the public that cosmologists know the mind of God or something.

Yet Another “Missing Link”. More from Carl Zimmer.

And Down the Stretch She Comes. Horses have far less sexual dimorphism than humans. Did not know that, but makes sense.

Rumor of Sarkozy Infidelities Sets Off a Modern French Farce. The French are different. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

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  • John Emerson

    Cheating on Carla Bruni is some kind of costly signaling, I think. Or maybe it needs a name of its own.

  • Warren Bonesteel

    “The Closing of the Conservative Mind. ”

    Ya know…insulting or alienating half of your potential customer base probably isn’t a smart business move, folks.

    Just a thought in passing.

    (Jeffersonian Democrat, here.)

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

    warren, who is being insulted? did you read noah’s post? he’s a conservative. i’m a conservative. don’t be so fucking cryptic. anyway, conservatives don’t read my blogs much. mostly liberals and libertarians (i’ve done surveys for 8 years , the findings are consistent). i’d probably get *more* readers if i posted explicitly anti-conservative stuff more often.

  • http://lyingeyes.blogspot.com ziel

    Closing of the Conservative Mind: I agree it was worth reading, and some interesting points. But do you agree with the basic premise? On the right you’ve got David Brooks, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul…these people don’t agree on much of anything. You’ve got straight-down-the-line pro-business Republicans, free-market fundamentalists, anti-free traders, pro-immigration optimists, anti-immigration doomsayers – you’ve got National Review and the American Conservative, and now Frum Forum and Alt-Right.

    My guess is that these debates are all very uninteresting to liberals, because when they hear these debates they just think it’s all minor variations on the same How Best Do We Conspire to Keep White People in Charge theme – as I imagine to a conservative reading about all that diversity of ideas on the liberal side, it all just sounds like variations of the theme of how to stealthily impose Socialism on an unsuspecting public.

    Although there is one thing the Right has that the left doesn’t and it’s weird none of these guys mentioned it – Rush Limbaugh. He can mobilize a whole bunch of people to a specific argument at once, and that can be overwhelming at times, and at those times it may seem that all conservatives are in lock-step. But I’m not sure Rush’s pronouncements have staying power from issue to issue.

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

    But do you agree with the basic premise? On the right you’ve got David Brooks, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul…these people don’t agree on much of anything. You’ve got straight-down-the-line pro-business Republicans, free-market fundamentalists, anti-free traders, pro-immigration optimists, anti-immigration doomsayers – you’ve got National Review and the American Conservative, and now Frum Forum and Alt-Right.

    my impression is that brooks, buchanan and paul are basically not “real conservatives” anymore. buchanan gets face time cuz of MSNBC right? it does seem to me that “movement conservatism” has started to get just a bit too good at collective action. i don’t think too deeply on political issues, but i do know that republicans are more conservative than democrats are liberal (in numbers), so that would cause a structural bias toward more insulation since ideologues have no real reason to compromise. sometimes that causes bizarre “herd behavior” like in the iraq war lead up.

    anyway, i think millman’s premise can be challenged. in fact, i recall thinking circa 2000 that liberals were really boring and predictable and conservatives less so. now i don’t know if anyone is too interesting, but perhaps that’s my general ennui in relation to politics.

  • bioIgnoramus
  • toto

    The French couldn’t care less about the private life of the president and his wife (they married only because some foreign countries were embarrassed at the thought of officially hosting an unmarried couples). The late Francois Mitterrand had two families. So did his wife. When it became public, most people just muttered “nice!”

    However, many are getting quite annoyed to learn that His Majesty Nicholas I somehow ordered the goddamn secret service to inquire about the origins of these rumours. That just smacks of aristocracy. The French don’t like that at all.

    I very much doubt that our not-so-Dear Leader will have another go at the helm of what he seems to forget is a deeply egalitarian society. Especially if he has to face Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the next elections (which appears highly likely right now).

    Re: US conservatives: Maybe we are just seeing the mirror image of the 60s, when the Left was dominated by the loonies (at least in terms of media coverage). The counter-counter-culture has run its full course and has now fully devolved into the kind of ideological obduracy it set out to oppose – just with a lower education level.

  • Sandgroper

    Makybe Diva, arguably the greatest racehorse ever to run in Australia, is a medium sized female.

    She was a stayer, doing best in long races that favour horses with stamina, and she preferred to run on soft, heavy tracks.

    I usually find horse racing about as interesting as watching paint dry, but this little lady captured my attention – she was amazing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makybe_Diva

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  • Sandgroper

    Sorry, I get a bit boring on this subject, but for anyone who loves to watch beautiful horses, here comes the Diva – 3 withering runs down the straight to win 3 Melbourne Cups, which no other horse has ever done, let alone a mare, the third time carrying 58 kg.

    http://www.horseraceaustralia.com/australian-horse-racing-videos/makybe-diva-videos/

  • Sandgroper

    But for an exciting race, the 2005 Cox Plate was hard to beat – at 550 metres out, it turned into a free-for-all, with the mare winning it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Ny8ZM3uEA&feature=related

    I must stop doing this – told you she made an impression on me.

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