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I am a geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur. For over a decade I was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and Director of the Genographic Project, which collected and analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet, in the process launching the consumer genomics industry.

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin, received my Ph.D. from Harvard University and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford. I have appeared in numerous documentary films and am the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry, and Pandora’s Seed. My work has taken me to more than 100 countries, where I have collaborated with everyone from heads of government and Fortune 500 corporations, to tribal chieftains eking out a precarious living in places as remote as Chad, Tajikistan and Papua New Guinea.

I currently live in Lombok, Indonesia, where I am the founder and executive director of nonprofit think tank The Insitome Institute, founder of travel company Shambhala Expeditions, adjunct professor at the University of Texas, and co-owner of the iconic Austin blues club Antone’s.

Podcast

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01

Will to Power & the Holocene Transition

Razib and Spencer talk about what a new ancient DNA paper from Neolithic Ireland suggests about radical inequality and power differentials in early agricultural societies, and what that says about the transition from hunting and gathering.

02

Two Cultures, Humanity, & Science

Spencer and Razib discuss what the humanities can offer to science with Kerim Yasar, professor of East Asian literature.

03

Psychiatry & Genes

Razib talks to Dr. Emily Deans on what’s like to work in psychiatry today in a world with personal genomics.

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