Jonathan Kay speaks to Philippe Lemoine about problematic assumptions embedded in the models used to support COVID lockdown policy. Yes, separating people helps reduce virus transmission and saves lives. But forced isolation also can generate serious (and often life-threatening) risks. Moreover, how much of the beneficial effects attributed to lockdowns are the result of disease-avoidant behaviours that most of us would engage in anyway? Resources discussed in this podcast: Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in Europe, Nature, June 8, 2020 Lockdowns, science and voodoo magic, by Philippe Lemoine The China Syndrome, by Philippe Lemoine, Quillette
University of New Mexico social psychologist Tania Reynolds speaks with Jonathan Kay about Nature Communications‘ questionable decision to retract a controversial article, the intrusion of ideology into scholarship about academic mentorship, and the principles of evolutionary biology that may affect female professional relationships. Prof. Reynolds originally wrote about this issue for Quillette in November.
Jonathan Kay talks to colleague Toby Young about the fine line between journalism and activism, the politics of censorship, and his start-up year at the Free Speech Union
“I look back with a lot of sadness,” says Keira Bell. “There was nothing wrong with my body. I was just lost and without proper support. Transition gave me the facility to hide from myself even more than before. It was a temporary fix.” In the debate about transitioning children who experience gender dysphoria, Ms. Bell’s case represents an important turning point. Ms. Bell, now 23, was 16 years old when she presented to the Tavistock Centre in London, which runs Britain’s Gender Identity Development Service. In a landmark ruling delivered earlier this month, a British court upheld her claim that she’d been rushed through gender reassignment without proper safeguards. In addition to receiving treatments that left her with facial hair and a deep voice, Ms. Bell had a double mastectomy at age 20, and now faces a host of possible long-term side-effects, including infertility. As a result of the court’s judgment, Tavistock has suspended referrals for puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for young patients. Treatment will remain available, but new cases now will be …
As the conservative movement enters a period of post-Trump flux, American Compass CEO Oren Cass explains to Quillette‘s Jonathan Kay why a right-leaning coalition with organized labor now makes sense.
Yale Sociologist and Physician Nicholas Christakis speaks to Quillette’s Jonathan Kay about the origins of COVID-19, how it compares to Bubonic Plague and Spanish Flu, and the way it will shape the future of our societies
Jonathan Kay speaks to famed Middle Eastern historian Benny Morris, whose latest book explores the ethnic cleansing of Turkey during the last decades of the Ottoman Empire
Jonathan Kay speaks to Wall Street Journal contributor Abigail Shrier about the sudden surge of teenage girls seeking gender reassignment, the backlash against her book…and the backlash against the backlash.
Jonathan Kay speaks to public health expert David Paltiel about his newly published mathematical models, which show how mass vaccination could help end the COVID-19 pandemic
Author Shelby Steele speaks to Quillette’s Jonathan Kay about white guilt, the ‘poetic truth’ of Ferguson, the dead end of racial grievances, and the creative process of working with his son Eli