Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. The author is a white American convert to Islam, so this is an ‘orthodox’ treatment.
Evidence for adaptive evolution in the receptor-binding domain of seasonal coronaviruses. From Trevor Bedford’s group. So read it.
The Evolutionary History of Man’s Best Friend Revealed. A piece in Quillette where I talk about the new Bergstrom et al. paper.
Americans hate each other. But we aren’t headed for civil war. An op-ed from my friend Richard Hanania. He presents political science data that makes it clear a civil war is unlikely. I think this is broadly correct, though I think our affluence and obesity are big variables. Many of my anti-Trump friends are terrified by a coup, but I think they are judging this wrong. The true dangers are coming later.
Richard also did an episode on his opinions about this and France on my podcast.
Reclaiming, on Netflix, an Ancient Battle Beloved of Germany’s Far Right. This quote: Today’s Germans, Wemhoff noted, are descended from groups that came from other regions of Europe. “There is no continuity”, is clearly false. There was a migration of the noble and warrior classes. But it seems clear the peasants remained, left behind, and there is broad continuity in Germany from the Bronze Age. After ancient DNA Empires and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe reads better. If you haven’t read it, do so!
Glenn Greenwald leaves for Substack. Greenwald is kind of a dick. He’s very disagreeable and often unpleasant. This is one reason I actually trust him more than other journalists. He deludes himself, he’s human, but he’s not a conformist, which is the norm among most journalists (look at the middle school level burns coming from some bluecheck reporters at places like The New York Times).