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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • Anthropology.net’s Kambiz Kamrami notes a recent study suggesting that human intelligence is a product not of the need to adapt to new environments but rather to the need to manage large and complex social organizations. The smarter the species, the larger the viable size of the group.
  • Bag News Notes has a photo essay describing the plight of the Batek of Malaysia, beset by the cutting down of their forest.
  • Crooked Timber’s Corey Robin documents the strong support of economist Friedrich Hayek for Pinochet and his dictatorship in Chile, while the more right-leaning audience at Marginal Revolution reacts.
  • The Dragon’s Tales broke for me the news of the discovery of three potentially Earth-like worlds orbiting nearby Gliese 667C, while Centauri Dreams comments here and here.
  • Eastern Approaches notes the shenanigans in the Czech Republic, as the president is trying to appoint a government to his liking against the protests of parliamentarians.
  • Far Outliers describes the Crusaders’ conquest of Constantinople in 1204.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money’s Scott Lemieux is appropriately polite to Ralph Nader.
  • Normblog links to an extended New York Times story describing the human cost of the civil war in Syria, on both sides.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the success of Venezuela in the Chavez years in reorienting its oil exports from the United States to China.
  • Registan’s Kendrick Kuo notes China’s strategies in presenting conflict in Xinjiang as terrorist or sppontaneous violence, without connecting to root causes of ethnic conflict.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the ongoing assimilation of ethnic Russians even in Russophile Belarus.
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