Health

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
The Ideological Aversion to Harm Reduction

The Ideological Aversion to Harm Reduction

Putting a patient under general anesthesia is a dangerous business. Waking a patient up from anesthesia is an ugly one. After I turn off the gas the patient typically thrashes and writhes like a sinner in Hell. Yet such resistance has never bothered me. I don’t want good and

Ronald W. Dworkin
Ronald W. Dworkin
9 min read
Science / Tech
‘As We See It’ and the Changing Discussion About Autism

‘As We See It’ and the Changing Discussion About Autism

A few days ago, Amazon released As We See It, a new series about three roommates on the autism spectrum who struggle with employment, relationships, and other life issues. As an autistic man, I was intrigued. There have been many sympathetic depictions of autism in recent art and entertainment, but

Jonathan Mitchell
Jonathan Mitchell
5 min read
Science / Tech
Autism or Encephalitis?
My Son’s Misdiagnosis and Our Family’s Season in Hell

Autism or Encephalitis? My Son’s Misdiagnosis and Our Family’s Season in Hell

One night in August 2021, at around 2am, my husband and I were awakened by the sound of laughter coming from our son’s bedroom down the hall. I went in to check on him. Our five-year-old, “Leo,” was awake and running around the room in circles, plowing into toys

S. Stiles
S. Stiles
18 min read
Science / Tech
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
‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

Jonas Salk was born on October 28th, 1914, in a tenement in East Harlem, New York—the first son of Russian immigrants and the eldest of three brothers. After finishing four years of high school in three, Salk entered the City College of New York and later won a scholarship

Paul A. Offit
Paul A. Offit
7 min read
Health
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Meaning of Human Suffering

There is only one thing that I dread: Not to be worthy of my sufferings. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky I mean, I got one life, right? Mine. But fuck, I want somebody else's sometimes. Sometimes I just feel like I'm fighting for a life I just ain't got time to live. I

Samuel Kronen
Samuel Kronen
25 min read
Art and Culture