COVID-19

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
Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

Understanding the Motivated Reasoning of Anti-Vax Refuseniks

COVID has hospitalized 6.2 million Americans, killed at least 640,000 (the true count may be 800,000), and caused permanent cardiovascular, neurological, and other health problems in many others. Thankfully, the available vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And yet, about 20 percent of Americans

Richard Redding
Richard Redding
5 min read
COVID-19
Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

Making the (Conservative) Case for Vaccine Passports

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, at least 171 millon people in the United States have been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of these individuals, 2,063 (0.0012 percent, or about one in 83,000) are known to have later

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
7 min read
Editorial
As Australia’s Politicians Enforce Yet Another Lockdown, Small Businesses Keep Suffering

As Australia’s Politicians Enforce Yet Another Lockdown, Small Businesses Keep Suffering

The idea of owning a beauty clinic in an iconic downtown Melbourne retail centre once seemed like a promising business opportunity. So promising, in fact, that I opened a second store nearby, and expanded my total payroll to 20 employees. Capital costs across the two stores came to $1.6

Geoff Parkes
Geoff Parkes
9 min read
COVID-19
Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

Vexed by the Un-Vaxxed

“I’ve been reading…” That was the response I received from one of the staffers of Skeptic magazine when I asked why she wasn’t vaccinated. My query came on the saddest day in our 30-year history—we were mourning the death of Pat Linse, the Art Director, co-founder of

Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
12 min read
COVID-19