In this 64th in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens. In this episode, we begin by discussing some of the Biden administration’s early policy decisions: shutting down DAPL, rejoining the Paris Agreement on Climate, and affirming the rights of trans people (and in so doing putting the rights of women at risk). Rolling Stone (the magazine) jumps the shark (but is it a literal or a metaphorical shark?). We discuss how to survive a year of lockdowns if you’re a small business, calling on two anecdotes from Portland. We discuss what is happening at Powell’s, Portland’s massive, independent bookstore, and ask what it says about “mostly peaceful” protests. Tech censorship is continuing apace, with the removal of Game-B architects from Facebook. And a doctor advises us to “trust the science,” saying that “the data is phenomenal!”
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Q&A Link: https://youtu.be/YTNEcQHIHV4
Mentioned in this episode:
Executive Order from January 20, 2021, on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-preventing-and-combating-discrimination-on-basis-of-gender-identity-or-sexual-orientation/
Washington Post article from January 19, 2021, “Biden selects transgender doctor Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/01/19/rachel-levine-transgender-biden-hhs-pick/
Washington Post article from June 1, 2016, “Meet Rachel Levine, one of the very few transgender public officials in America”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/meet-rachel-levine-one-of-the-very-few-transgender-public-officials-in-america/2016/06/01/cf6e2332-2415-11e6-8690-f14ca9de2972_story.html?itid=lk_interstitial_manual_10
Rolling Stone jumps the shark (“Rolling Stone seeks 'thought leaders' willing to pay $2,000 to write for them”) https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/jan/23/rolling-stone-magazine-culture-council-publication
“Vaccine Voices” from the January 21, 2021 newsletter from the Oregon Health Authority’s Coronavirus Update: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDHS/bulletins/2baa334