ON COVID POLICY: “Why the propensity to panic at just the wrong time makes humans into superstitious rubes that will do the wrong thing and think that it worked”

cliff notes:

human fear response in a pandemic is a function of gompertz expression of disease prevalence and this predictably leads to panic right when things start getting better.

people then mistake whatever their panic reflex was for an intervention that saved them.

it becomes ingrained superstition and forms a kind of societal antigenic fixation whereby failed responses are mistaken for solutions.

this is how a society trades science for superstition.


This is a good essay, well-worth reading though a little too long. Be sure to follow it with this comment by Mike Yeadon and a long string of other comments, including one by the author of the original essay. ABN

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