Every policymaker’s dial was turned to ten — and not much thought has been given to unintended consequences
Erring on the side of caution is generally sensible, both personally and in making public policy. But erring on the side of caution without considering the foreseeable side effects and consequences of public policy choices can lead to unintended consequences.
We can now identify a number of key policy “dials” that were, in the name of erring on the side of caution, effectively turned up to “ten” in each case. This seems to have backfired, we are now learning as we steadily…
The more we learn about the “bioelectric code” the more we realize that both life and consciousness are integrally connected to electromagnetic fields produced by the brain and body
[This piece appeared originally at Nautilus here.]
Life seems to be tied to bioelectricity at every level. The late electrophysiologist and surgeon Robert Becker spent decades researching the role of the body’s electric fields in development, wound healing, and limb regrowth. His 1985 book, The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, was a fascinating deep dive into how the body is electric through and through — despite our inability…
All genetic sequences used in the widely-used CDC PCR test are commonly found in human and microbial DNA, which is likely generating significant numbers of false positive test results; the degree to which false positives are being generated due to this serious design flaw is an empirical matter that requires additional research
Dr. Sin Lee , an expert in PCR testing and genetic sequencing, reviewed this essay and agrees with its contents and conclusions.
The Washington Post published in late December 2020 a detailed and alarming retrospective look at how the US CDC developed its new PCR test for detecting…
Close analysis of CDC’s stated policies and their own data, as well as financial incentives for nursing homes to over-state Covid-19 deaths, strongly suggest that a large portion of the deaths attributed to Covid-19 should instead be attributed to normal pneumonia and flu, particularly in long-term care homes
About 1.3 million Americans live in nursing homes in recent years, according to the CDC, and another 1.7 million in other long-term care facilities (see slide 8 in the linked CDC presentation), for a total of about 3 million in long-term care facilities.
The definitions of a “case” and “hospitalization” were dramatically loosened for this pandemic
NBC reported a serious uptick in U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations in mid-November. However, when we examine the data provided we see that the “meat” of the story, beyond an unfortunate uptick in hospitalizations and deaths in El Paso, Texas, is the Covid Tracking Project’s data on increased hospitalization.
But a “hospitalization” is defined as someone in the hospital who has tested positive for Covid-19 at some point previously — not necessarily in the hospital because of the virus.
The rest of this essay will look in detail at…
Fun interview with Taylor Wade (Ambiance Matchmaking services and Date Smart podcast) about the future of love and dating. Topics include:
Here’s the printed transcript of the interview.
Here’s the Spotify audio version.
The various coronavirus tests are all seriously flawed, either inherently or in how they’re being used, and this is fundamentally undermining our understanding of the pandemic
Two policy changes occurred in the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S., …
A conversation with Dr. Selen Atasoy
Selen Atasoy is a small and intense woman of Turkish descent. She speaks perfect English with a delightful Turkish accent. She is a formidable presenter and speaker and even though she is still young it seems all but assured that she will be a great influencer and scholar in her field of neuroscience for decades to come.
We met at the 2013 Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in San Diego. We had a fun-filled evening at a restaurant with the developer of the well-known Integrated Information Theory, Giulio Tononi, Giulio’s partner…
“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
I’ve been a lifelong liberal/progressive because I care about people, I care about the environment, and I care about the future of humanity and our planet. Progressives focus on these issues more than conservatives, so it’s felt like a natural home for me for most of my life.
In recent years, however, I’ve “come out” as a libertarian because I also care about freedom and creativity, civil rights, and treating people as responsible adults rather than children.
But aren’t these political views in…
A conversation with Henk Rogers about saving the planet
Shortly after meeting Henk he invited me to his ranch on the slopes of Hualalai to check out his energy lab and chat about the things he’s working on. I’m a renewable energy lawyer so this was a pretty natural suggestion and I happily said yes to his invitation.
Henk is well-known for being “the Tetris guy,” and indeed he was integral to the original Tetris game becoming a worldwide phenomenon. …
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