Canine Update

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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 250 · 2 months ago

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Show Notes:

-“Fiery, but mostly peaceful”

-The New Guinea Singing Dog

-Iain Murray’s The Socialist Temptation

-What… is Debbie Wasserman Schultz doing with her life nowadays?

-The always-lovely NYT Op-ed page: “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police.”

-The Conspiracy of Equals

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Episode 249 · 2 months ago

Surfin’ UAE

In the words of a famed conservative activist, “When they go low, we go high.” That’s what we’re doing today on The Remnant by getting out of the muck of American domestic politics and having a conversation with veteran guest Kenneth Pollack on the intricacies of the Israel-UAE deal instead. What does this mean for the region, and what are the historical corollaries (Hint: It might be on your Remnant Bingo card)?

Show Notes:

-Ken’s piece for Foreign Policy

-Iran’s weapon facilities keep exploding

-The 1907 Anglo-Russian Convention

-Make Vienna Great Again

-1979’s mosque seizure in Mecca

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