My podcast this week, American Civil War? Richard Hanania thinks it unlikely. Normally for Unsupervised Learning I don’t record anything that’s time-sensitive, but obviously, this week required an exception. Also, we talk about the fact that Jon Ossoff follows Scott Alexander on Twitter.
The World Needs a Real Investigation Into the Origins of Covid-19. Op-ed written By Alina Chan and Matt Ridley. Here’s my post with Alina in case you didn’t see it.
Mike Eisen weighs in:
There are good political/social reasons for wanting SARS-CoV-2 to have entered humans directly from animals, and many pushing the WIV lab accident hypothesis have nefarious intent. I am nonetheless surprised at the degree of confidence people express in a natural origin.
— Michael Eisen (@mbeisen) January 16, 2021
Biden will elevate White House science office to Cabinet-level. Eric Lander. Also, Alondra Nelson was appointed to a position.
So my Wikipedia page states that I’m “paleoconservative.” The citation goes to 2008, when my friend Reihan Salam termed me a “neo-paleoconservative.” 12.5 years is a long time, and I’m not sure I fit that bill. I’ve moved much further left on economics, and am no longer an immigration skeptic. But, I have become much more ‘socially conservative’ (3 kids will do that, sorry to be cliche).