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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

Dr. Ari Joffe: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Lockdowns

Posted on February 28, 2021

Thanks for checking out the episode! Here’s a link to it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, and YouTube.  A few notes: Group think caused us to adopt lockdowns, not good thought. The strongest predictor of lockdown adoption was whether neighbouring countries did so too. Lockdowns should be voluntary rather than mandatory – people who are willing to take the risk should be free to do so. The exit will be when the R value of COVID is lessRead 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

Season 2 Trailer

Posted on February 27, 2021

I’m back. Table of Contents: [0:00] The government and my fellow citizens don’t seem to be responsibly balancing public health with our rights and freedoms. This makes me sad and worried.  [0:40] The curfew in Quebec is unreasonable. I don’t think it would pass the Oakes test. Walkthrough of all 4 steps.  [7:54] My fellow citizens seem to be experiencing cognitive dissonance. They speak in favour of the restrictions, but break the law over and over again. More broadly, supportRead More

Should I visit Philippe? Pt. II

Posted on January 6, 2021

In my last post, I outlined the scope of my research. In this post, I’ll try and specify what information I need to find in order to answer my research question: “is the government’s prohibition that I do not visit Philippe a legitimate one?” Well, I can think of a few different ways to address this. The first is legal. We could ask whether a health officer is legally allowed to make ordinances. We could ask whether the opposition andRead More

Ryan Elson: No Humble Opinions, Dialogue, Social Connection, and Changing Minds

Posted on December 29, 2020

For our last episode of 2020, Ryan Elson, the host of No Humble Opinions, joined us. You can learn more about Tribe and No Humble Opinions by finding him on facebook. He’s also pretty damn friendly, so make sure to say hi! Thanks for coming on Ryan. www.employmeet.com www.tribebelonging.com.au www.nohumbleopinions.com https://www.facebook.com/nohumbleopinions/ — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eugene-fernandes1/message

Should I visit Philippe?

Posted on December 16, 2020

It’s time that I paid more attention to how my governments are responding to COVID-19. I’ve supported the status-quo for the last few months: masks should be mandatory indoors, nobody should attend gatherings, and if you must meet with other people, it needs to be an exclusive group of people (a “personal bubble”). I had three reasons for this. One, I don’t want to get COVID-19 because it’ll shorten my lifespan. Thanks to Bret and Heather from the Darkhorse podcastRead More

Matt Strauss, MD: Lockdowns, Trust, China, Philosophy, and Doctors.

Posted on November 28, 2020

0:05 Introduction, Strauss’ ostensibly contrarian opinion, media biases and framing, how lockdowns save lives, herd immunity, Great Barrington Declaration. 0:20 How we should be dealing with the COVID pandemic, masks, HIV, adults taking risks, additive vs. multiplicative risks, externalities, and seniors. 0:40 Governments, continued discussion, terror, democracy, cover-ups of Chernobyl and trust, China, Hong Kong. 0:50 Block the trolls, write well, learn your values and your arguments for them (by heart). Do you truly want a meaningful life? Soul crushingRead 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

Dr Eddy Lang – Overdiagnosis, Cancer, ADHD, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted on November 2, 2020

Dr Lang shares his concerns about overdiagnosis in breast cancer and prostate cancer screening, among other conditions, like ADHD. We chat about the incentives behind overdiagnosis along with some solutions to it too. Lastly, we chat about how Equity, Diversity and Inclusion applies in his work. You can learn more from the following websites: canadiantaskforce.ca preventingoverdiagnosis.net You can reach Eddy on twitter at @eddylang1, and email him at eddy.lang [at] albertahealthservices [dot] ca. — This episode is sponsored by ·Read More