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Nicholas Christakis on the Covid pandemic

2nd Dec, 2020

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Starling Advisor and Yale scholar, Nicholas Christakis, appeared recently on Sam Harris’ Making Sense podcast. Christakis discussed the Covid-19 pandemic and covered numerous related topics, including:

The breakdown of trust in institutions and experts
The corruption of science by politics
Preparing for future pandemics
Whether Covid deaths are being over-reported
Bad incentives in the medical system
Tracking “excess death” statistics
The importance of rapid testing
The economic impact of the pandemic
Long-term social changes
The future of universities

& more 

Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, where he directs the Human Nature Lab and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.

Listen to the full podcast episode here.