Canine Update


On this momentous day, in which the very nature of American politics may be defined anew for the foreseeable future, Jonah wanted to have on Razib Khan, director of science at Insitome, to talk about the most relevant, up-to-the-minute, topical subject so that, in this consciousness-shifting moment, we may be able to hold on for dear life and come up with a coherent worldview amidst the chaos. That subject, you ask? Dog genetics. How did Man’s Best Friend become such a highly variegated species – some big, some small, some smart, others dumb, and on and on with countless other variables? Razib fills us in on the state of research into canine development over the last 10,000 years, why the regional variations between lineages of dog are so distinct, and how the new frontiers of this genetic research seek to address “how these animals became what they are, and how they evolved alongside humans in response to environmental pressures.” We also get to hear Razib voice what may be the most controversial statement of our political era: “Wolves are smarter than dogs.” Tune in to hear Razib defend this heretical stance.

Show Notes:

-Razib’s freshly-minted newsletter

-Get tickets for The Dispatch’s event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

-Razib in Quillette: “The Evolutionary History of Man’s Best Friend”

-The Remnant with Cass Sunstein

-Eusocial animals

-The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove the Neanderthals to Extinction

-Przewalski’s Horse

-Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs

-NYT writeup of the Science magazine article

-Ancestry’s German-turned-Irish guy

-Border Collie intelligence

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Episode 236 · 6 months ago

Podcast Pâté

What do canned meats and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment have in common? Are there any real rebels in American culture? Why shouldn’t gerbils be allowed to eat beets? Join Jonah in the passenger seat of his car to have all of these pressing questions and more answered on this weekend’s Ruminant.

Show Notes:

-The latest G-File

-The most horrifying term: Forcemeat 

-The test Trump took, in case you want to test yourself 

-Silliness in our law enforcement conversations

-The longstanding Marxist focus on heightening contradictions 

-David’s controversy-causing newsletter 

-David Brooks on nonconformity 

-Hegel’s Dialectics 

Episode 235 · 7 months ago

Various Sub-Doodles

The punditry is strong today as Jonah and Luke Thompson meet at the intersection of conservatism and the Constitution. Stopping briefly for some quick jabs at Rep. Mike Gallagher and some comments that will definitely be taken out of context, we hear deep insights about big-kid words like “impoundment” and “rescission.”

Show Notes:

-Constitutionally Speaking, a podcast with Luke and Jay Cost

-The Wisdom of Conservatism by Peter Witonski 

-Anti-impoundment act 

-Luke’s article in the Spectator about the veepstakes 

Episode 233 · 7 months ago

Very Bad Philosophers

A rental-car bound Jonah invites his research assistant Nick Pompella onto the show from the reclusive Zoom cave in which Nick usually resides — or in this case, the dankness of Jonah’s basement as Nick housesits. Topping the docket today is a discussion of “whiteness,” along with verbal distress over how to pronounce “Parler” and the chilling acknowledgment that the government is the only entity that can legally kill you.

Show Notes:

-Barton Fink 

-Page about “Whiteness” from the NMAAHC 

-Pew data on church attendance by race/ethnicity 

-Michael Burleigh’s The Third Reich 

-Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order

-Slavoj Žižek 

-David Skarbek on the Remnant

-The article Nick found about Slack channels as the new water coolers

-David French’s hosting of the Remnant earlier this week

-Wednesday’s G-File, written from Alaska