Taking a break from catching up with Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe to read Accounts of China and India. It’s a short book that compiles the experiences and recollections of Muslim merchants from the Persian Gulf who traveled to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and China. There’s a lot of interesting stuff, but, many of the observations hold up.
There are some hilarious sections about how Indians won’t eat off each other’s plates. This is, in fact, a tendency of modern people from the subcontinent (of all religions).
I’ve written two long essays for Substack now:
Both are for paid subscribers, sorry not sorry. Nearly 10,000 words between the two of them.
I talked to Ramesh Ponnuru about the pro-life movement in America. I will ungate it to everyone in two weeks. My conversation with Alina Chan is now live on the free site.
Scott Alexander is back. I heard through a friend that last summer an academic got a call about Alexander, and it was clear that the reporter was a hostile (the academic refused to cooperate).
The information warriors fighting ‘robot zombie army’ of coronavirus sceptics. My friends Stuart Ritchie and Sam Bowman.
Natural Selection in Contemporary Humans is Linked to Income and Substitution Effects. Dr. Appie of course.