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PODCAST 132: Philippe Lemoine on the Case for Lockdown Skepticism

 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  

PODCAST 131: Professor Tania Reynolds on the Controversy Over Female Mentorship in Academia

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.