COVID-19

Warp Speed: Inside the Operation that Beat COVID—A Review

Warp Speed: Inside the Operation that Beat COVID—A Review

While the overall U.S. response to the pandemic was tragically deficient, we can learn a lot from the public-private partnership that sped vaccine development.

Josh Morrison
Josh Morrison
7 min read
COVID-19
We’re Still Waiting for a Great Post-COVID Pandemic Novel

We’re Still Waiting for a Great Post-COVID Pandemic Novel

Fiction writers are used to working in lonely isolation. Maybe that’s why the stories they’ve written about the pandemic seem so out of touch

Neal Pollack
Neal Pollack
16 min read
Pandemic
Shanghai on the Edge of Madness

Shanghai on the Edge of Madness

Starvation will push and pull human psychology in unusual directions—it is one of the few things that can overcome fear of the authorities. When famine came to China 400 years ago, it made Chinese peasants receptive to the preachers of class war. When the government failed to provide crucial

Aaron Sarin
Aaron Sarin
6 min read
Politics
On DarkHorse, Ivermectin, and Vaccine Hesitancy

On DarkHorse, Ivermectin, and Vaccine Hesitancy

The following transcript comes from an interview for Iconoclast: Ideas that have Shaped the Culture Wars. It was conducted by Mark Halloran with Eric Topol on October 14th, 2021. Mark Halloran is Editor of Iconoclast. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and a BA in Behavioural Science. Eric Topol is

Mark Halloran
Mark Halloran
24 min read
Health
Outback Australia and the Information Wars

Outback Australia and the Information Wars

For several years now, David Cole has been a minor celebrity in the Northern Territory of Australia on account of his colorful conspiracy theories. While few people take anything he has to say seriously, many of us in the Territory enjoy wondering what he’s going to come up with

Matthew Blackwell
Matthew Blackwell
14 min read
American Politics
Vaccine Rejectionism and the Left

Vaccine Rejectionism and the Left

For most of the past two centuries, the Left has been identified with science and against obscurantism; we have believed that rational thought and the fearless analysis of objective reality (both natural and social) are incisive tools for combating the mystifications promoted by the powerful. … Theorizing about “the social construction

Jon Entine and Patrick Whittle
Jon Entine and Patrick Whittle
15 min read
Science / Tech
Vaccinology, Immunology, and COVID-19

Vaccinology, Immunology, and COVID-19

Louis Pasteur worked at a time when very little was understood about microbes and even less was understood about the human responses that kept them at bay. He is best known for advancing germ theory, which distinguished itself from the prevailing concept of “miasma” or putrefaction suffusing the ether. “Gentlemen,

Jesse Pelletier
Jesse Pelletier
5 min read
Science / Tech
Podcast #166: Josh Szeps on the Myth of Australia’s COVID ‘Concentration Camps’

Podcast #166: Josh Szeps on the Myth of Australia’s COVID ‘Concentration Camps’

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay interviews ABC presenter and podcaster Josh Szeps about Australia’s unique experience in managing the COVID pandemic—and the urban legends the country’s quarantine system has spawned among right-wing pundits on the other side of the world.

Quillette
Quillette
1 min read
Podcast