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Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Apollo's Arrow; Blueprint; and Connected. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis
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Mar 22 5 tweets 2 min read
The inimitable @laurakipnis ruthlessly gutting a fish for all to see. "Want to muzzle your enemies? Accuse them of something. Title IX officers are standing by." The process itself is the punishment. | Academe Is a Hotbed of Craven Snitches… | @chronicle "Observe, in all of those scenarios, the bureaucratic mission creep, the territory grabs, the encroachment on the intellectual life of the university. My IRB pals wanted to supervise the humanities; the Title IX investigator wanted to adjudicate creative writing...."
Mar 15 36 tweets 14 min read
Law students at @Yale act immaturely -- using florid language to voice their complaints, failing to ask well formulated questions of a speaker, and failing to understand the difference between protest and a heckler's veto. They are told to "grow up."… Incredible details & video re immature behavior of students in the nation’s most elite law school @YaleLawSch at an event whose purpose “was to illustrate that a liberal atheist and a conservative Christian could find common ground on free speech issues.”…
Mar 7 5 tweets 2 min read
Important new work just out via @nature shows that SARS-CoV-2 is associated with (at least short-term) changes in brain structure.… 1/ The analysis investigated brain changes in 785 UK participants (aged 51–81) imaged twice, including 401 cases who tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 between their two scans, with 141 days on average separating their diagnosis and second scan. 2/
Mar 1 7 tweets 3 min read
Want to help Ukraine (and its people or soldiers) financially? Here is a list of six reputable charities and outlets suggested by a colleague of mine in Ukraine -- covering different ways to help (please RT): 1/ British-Ukrainian Aid supports victims of the ongoing war, orphaned children, internally displaced persons, the wounded, and others in need. It has launched a JustGiving appeal: 2/
Jan 26 4 tweets 1 min read
College Student Views on Free Expression and Campus Speech 2022… via @knightfdn On the one hand: “Just 1 in 4 college students favor schools disinviting controversial speakers, down from more than 2 in 5 in 2019. Similarly, the number of students who support colleges providing safe spaces or speech codes has fallen over the past two years.”
Dec 30, 2021 8 tweets 5 min read
What an absurd, fact-free essay from @sciam which has besmirched itself by publishing this about EO Wilson. This journal should familiarize itself with Wilson’s response to this scurrilous and false accusation in Galileo’s Middle Finger by @AliceDreger I’d not been paying attention to the periodic lapse in commitment to facts & reason at @sciam, which I’ve long admired, but it appears it’s had more than one such lapse? It’s precisely when accusations of racism and sexism are made that standards of probity should rise, not fall.
Dec 21, 2021 101 tweets 33 min read
Let’s talk about natural immunity (NI) versus vaccine-induced immunity (VI) to SARS2. This has become controversial. If you survive COVID19 infection, what does that mean, immunologically and practically (given current state of knowledge and current state of the pandemic)? 1/ This is a SUPER long thread (with recent research) on a topic that has become weirdly politicized (as I learned – though I should have known with anything COVID19-related! – after my recent interview with @SamHarrisOrg ). So buckle up. 2/
Dec 7, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
As expected, early studies are beginning to appear about omicron immune escape using in vitro assessments. We will also have large scale epidemiological studies, which are key. 1/ Leading scientist @sigallab who authored this paper on escape of SARS-CoV-2 501Y.V2 from neutralization by convalescent plasma in @nature in March… just released data about immune escape and omicron using South African sample. 2/
Nov 29, 2021 47 tweets 19 min read
There’s a new COVID19 variant that has people worried. Let’s talk about “omicron.” This assessment must necessarily be very preliminary, since we are in very early days (partly thanks to South Africa generously sounding the alarm!). 1/ Three key issues are whether omicron is 1) more transmissible, 2) more deadly, and 3) more capable of evading current vaccines (or, somewhat analogously, whether it evades current antibody treatments or immunity conferred by prior natural infection, aka “immune escape”). 2/
Nov 15, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
More Republicans try to ban books on race, LGBTQ issues. Some want them burned.

It’s fine and good that a novel on queer identity is *available* at a *high school* *library*.

Banning (and burning!) books is never a good look. ⁦… Here is a tweet with images deemed most offensive. My sense is that having such a book available in a high school library is in keeping with the sexual awareness of most students that age. And similar content should be available for straight students, too.
Nov 3, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Students at University of Sussex, acting immaturely & engaged in a kind of modern witch burning, should be deeply ashamed.

But even more ashamed should be Professor Stock's colleagues, who should have rallied to publicly defend her & principle of open discourse at a *university* For views like this “I feel very worried for teenagers who are now foreclosing reproductive possibilities and their future... based on an idea that they may come to relinquish at a later date” students at Sussex engaged in a kind of modern witch-burning.…
Nov 1, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
I recently learned of these written records regarding the father of Agamemnon. The myths, and the history, and the archaeology are all so moving — stretching across time (almost) immemorial. The site of Mycenae is stunning. So different than what one thinks of classical Greece. ImageImageImageImage
Oct 15, 2021 19 tweets 8 min read
Blow by blow of appalling administrator behavior via @TheFIREorg: 'When Colbert hadn’t apologized, Cosgrove sent an email to Yale Law’s entire second-year class to “condemn in the strongest possible terms” the assertedly “pejorative and racist language.”'… Such a public email, at odds with the facts, is indeed an administrative sanction of the student, and was unwarranted. This indicates the falsity of the claim by this elite law school that 'nothing was done' to the student.
Oct 5, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
MIT cancels geophysics lecture by @DorianAbbot about the climates of extra-solar planets after some people are outraged re his unrelated views on the harm arising from certain kinds of diversity initiatives. Prof. Abbot reacts with grace.… There is no right to be invited to speak at a college. But, once a person is invited, a college should never yield to demands to withdraw an invitation. People can protest if they want. But honoring demands for disinvitation is incompatible with the mission of a great university.
Sep 26, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
An epidemic sweeps through a population unwilling to take it seriously: Idaho -- an act in four parts. Down with masks! March 6.
Sep 24, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Love at first sight is such a fascinating scientific (and not just literary) phenomenon.… It's possible to imagine evolutionary origins for this experience. Its often reciprocated nature is an important clue. Here is another recent example in the news (among many "Woodstock" couples; here Judy and Jerry Griffin):…
Sep 13, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Southern California parents die of covid-19, leaving behind five children — including a newborn.

The grief-making capacity of serious epidemics should not be underestimated.… Another similar case. Detroit couple with 7 children die one day apart after falling ill with COVID-19.

The grief-making capacity of serious epidemics should not be underestimated.… via @KevinMahnken
Sep 9, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
Back-to-school special re #COVID19:

Here is an informative new tool via @dukeU @DEL_Duke for teachers and students to calculate their risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 over the course of a semester, via aerosol spread. … 1/ Though initially developed for use on college campuses, the calculator can also be used by K-12 schools to inform decisions on school re-openings and assess the effectiveness of different control measures for COVID19 in settings like classrooms, cafeterias, and gyms. 2/
Sep 7, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
I missed this when it came out. Ouch. “Cleansing Yale of its Republicans is necessary to live up to Yale’s mission statement to educate future leaders through the “free exchange of ideas in an ethical, interdependent, and diverse community.”… I missed this one too. “What more objective account of the world can there possibly be than the one constructed from your (my, in this case) personal experience?”… via @homoludio
Aug 31, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
"After Daniel Elder, a prizewinning composer posted a statement on Instagram condemning arson in Nashville, where BLM protesters had set the courthouse on fire after the killing of Floyd, he discovered that his publisher would not print his music and choirs would not sing it." "The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently described how two younger writers she had befriended attacked her on social media, partly, she wrote, because they are 'seeking attention and publicity to benefit themselves.'"
Aug 10, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Dick Farrel, radio host and coronavirus vaccine skeptic, dies of covid-19 complications.

People have always been willing to die for their beliefs. But it’s really sad to die for stupid and false beliefs.… Caleb Wallace, father or three and Texas anti-mask crusader, is critically ill with COVID-19.

People have always been willing to die for their beliefs. But it’s really sad to die for stupid and false beliefs.

I pray he makes it. He has a young family!