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The Fractal Pandemic

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 2 About a week ago, I sent out the first part of this roundup, noting how the Black Lives Matter protests destroyed the public messaging on the coronavirus pandemic, sending us into a new world where a large portion of the population will be ignoring all precautions against the virus. Some of […]

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The Quarantine Is Over. (The Pandemic Isn’t.)

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 After the past week, it seems like hardly anybody is talking about the coronavirus pandemic any more—which is a very good reason to talk about it. A few weeks ago, a lot of people on the right and in the so-called “red states”—the whole Fox News-watching demographic—decided to act as if […]

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Smart Reopening

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 3 How can you be smart in a “dumb reopening“? When the state and local government lockdowns were first announced, I referred to Stein’s Law: “If something cannot go on forever, it won’t.” The lockdowns can’t go on forever, so they’re already being lifted, partially and piecemeal. But as I warned in […]

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Time for the “Shoe-Leather Epidemiologists”

Social distancing has worked—so far. We are past the peak in deaths from COVID-19, both nationally and in most states, though we’ve still got a few weeks before we go down the other side of the curve. It’s natural for people to be restless and to be eager for re-opening. But the question isn’t “Should […]

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The Esthetics of the Coronavirus Pandemic

I recently completed a long piece looking at the coronavirus pandemic from a philosophical perspective, starting with metaphysics and going through epistemology, ethics, and politics. That leaves us with one more major branch of philosophy: esthetics. So what are the esthetics of the coronavirus pandemic? First, we have to define what that question means. Are […]

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The Theory and the Practice

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “The Social Distancing Culture War” Part of the reason people are having a hard time adjusting to the coronavirus crisis is that it has been so long since we’ve had to deal with a real pandemic in this country. Quarantines and the shutting down of public spaces […]

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