Eugene Fernandes

Dr. Doug Allen – The Flaws in COVID-19 Modelling (Epidemiological and Economic)

Posted on May 1, 2021

Dr. Doug Allen is a professor of economics at Simon Fraser University. Link to YouTube Link to Anchor (which has links to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc). References: Allen. Covid Lockdown Cost/Benefits: A Critical Assessment of the Literature. April 2021. http://www.sfu.ca/~allen/LockdownReport.pdf Atkeson, Kopecky and Zha. “Four Stylized Facts about COVID-19.” August 2020. doi = 10.3386/w27719 Timestamps: 2:15   His original thoughts on the pandemic when it first hit, and then how his thoughts changed. 6:10   What were the four false assumptionsRead More

Dave Redman – Models, Mismanagement, and Emergency Planning

Posted on March 31, 2021

Here’s a link to the YouTube video. References: The World Health Organization’s 2019 guide on Non-pharmaceutical public health measures for mitigating the risk and impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/329438/9789241516839-eng.pdf 0m 38s Emergency management looks out for hazards, for those most vulnerable to the hazard, and then connects the relevant stakeholders. For some reason, the government decided that COVID wasn’t a societal-wide emergency, but rather, just a health emergency. We knew back in February who was dying from COVID-19.Read More

Style Fundamentals

Posted on March 22, 2021

By Tim Dessaint. Alright! Let’s learn about fashion. It’s very stressful for me to shop for clothes. The stress comes from worrying about how other people view you. But despite the stress, looking good is a virtue that must be cultivated. So I will try to learn about fashion, whatever that means. One video I watched by Tim Dessaint gave me a taxonomy which I could use to help me evaluate and understand clothing. I can ask myself about theRead More

The Ontology of Political Philosophy

Posted on March 10, 2021

The question I have is this: what is the nature of a claim made in political philosophy? It’s a super cool and interesting question because political philosophical truths are not literal exactly. They’re not exactly falsifiable either. They’re more like paradigms through which we view a particular government or state. They are more like beliefs of action rather than empirical beliefs. They’re also timeless. So they’re not falsifiable. But perhaps they are. Let’s take Rawls as an example. To recapRead More

Beyond Order by J.B. Peterson – Summary/Notes

Posted on March 5, 2021

Overture: This book was written while struggling through the pandemic, sicknesses in his daughter, his wife, and himself. He first started using benzodiazepines to help with his anxiety in 2016. He took more in March 2019 because his anxiety skyrocketed during Mikhaila’s surgery and his wife’s surgeries. He switched off of benzos and tried ketamine instead in May of 2019 because the benzos weren’t reducing his anxiety. Then came the withdrawal symptoms – akathisia. So he went back on theRead More

A Call to Disobey COVID Restrictions

Posted on February 27, 2021

Either a law is just or unjust. If it’s unjust, it should be opposed. Civil disobedience, protests, and writing a letter to your representative in Parliament are all different ways to oppose an unjust law. For me in Montreal, it is illegal to visit another person at their residence. It is also illegal to leave my residence between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. I think both the visitation restriction and the curfew are unjust. And I thinkRead More

COVID: November 23

Posted on November 24, 2020

Well, I started writing a couple of months ago about my thoughts/predictions regarding COVID 19. Here are blogs one, two, and three. Re-reading them now is so damn interesting! It’s so interesting to be a part of history like this! I wish I had kept it up and had written one new blog post per week. On Friday, I’ll be recording a podcast with Matt Strauss – an MD. He argues against lockdowns, and I figured I should get myRead More

The Two Types of Claims

Posted on November 15, 2020

There are two types of claims: descriptive and active. Take the following claim: “Canada is a meritocratic country.” This is an empirical claim. You can question and falsify this belief in many ways. You can check how much income mobility there is. You can see what the best predictors of success are – your family’s income? Or your IQ? All of these things help describe how accurately this belief describes the world. That’s what makes it a descriptive claim. ButRead More

Posted on October 8, 2020

Posted on September 21, 2020

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Posted on September 20, 2020

Summary of Sexual Personae (by Camille Paglia)

Posted on August 22, 2020

Very long book. Much reading. You’re welcome. Definitions in bold. Chapter 0: The Cancelled Preface (from Sex, Art, and American Culture) Western culture has unity and continuity. It is theatrical at its core, with two main principles: the Apollonian and the Dionysian. Art is any and all works of imagination and quality. Personae are masks, but also personalities and persons. Hierarchy pervades, egalitarianism tangles. Hierarchy is beautiful and necessary. Men (all men, so women too) crave hierarchy, and we naturallyRead More

The Word for Gen Z is “Metamorphosis”

Posted on August 11, 2020

Generation Z was born anywhere from 1995ish to 2010ish. They’re known for growing up in a world that always had smartphones and the internet. They’re anxious and depressed, have gone through the Great Recession and now COVID-19, and they’re usually on Tik Tok. I consider myself to be a member of Gen Z. Eric Weinstein thinks that Gen Z doesn’t have a song. His generation’s song was Stairway to Heaven. And Eric Weinstein is an honourable man. I think thatRead More

Painting Gives You New Eyes

Posted on August 10, 2020

Painting teaches you to perceive the world differently. I first approached painting as if I were a camera. If someone’s eyes were dark brown, then I would mix dark brown and put it on the canvas. If someone’s lips were pink, I would put pink on the canvas. I’d do this for the whole painting. This doesn’t work well. What you’ve got to do instead is see 3 different levels. On one level, there’s the geometric structure of the face.Read More

The Perfection of How to Train Your Dragon

Posted on August 4, 2020

Whenever I watch Hiccup’s first flight, my eyes get misty. There he is, a pseudo-viking, risking the wrath of his father and his whole clan to go fly a fucking dragon. It’s unbelievably inspiring. So below, I’ll try to articulate why I find HTTYD so inspiring, and why it makes me so emotional. I’ve boiled it down to two reasons: the movie is archetypally balanced, and Hiccup is an exemplary rebel. Identity and Perfect Contrarianism: Let’s start with how Hiccup is a perfectRead More