A Political and Literary Forum
Pulse oximeters give biased results for people with darker skin. The consequences could be serious.
Huge investors like BlackRock are forcing corporations to take action on emissions. But what does their power mean for democracy?
In a world unraveled by COVID-19, the brutality of factory farming demands we rethink our relationship to animals.
American medicine has long functioned as an elitist institution, putting professional prestige over the well-being of patients and physicians alike.
Marco Ramos, Tess Lanzarotta, Iris Chandler
History shows that outbreaks rarely have tidy conclusions.
Jeremy A. Greene, Dora Vargha
Rereleased this year in a single volume, Kim Stanley Robinson’s trilogy Three Californias imagines three possible futures for the world writ large through the lens of Orange County, California.
Epidemic waves serve not just to predict but also to persuade. Their special blend of mathematical and moral messaging will shape the future of the pandemic.
David S. Jones, Stefan Helmreich
The debate over pandemic response is not only about the facts—including the grim death toll. It's also about the relationship between science and decision-making, where values inevitably play a role.
The UK government’s ultra-cautious approach to “evidence-based” policy has helped cast doubt on public health interventions. The definition of good medical and public health practice must be urgently updated.
Nineteenth-century reformers understood the deep connections between public health and environmental protection. That's why struggles for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal are two sides of the same coin.
Contrary to the boosterism of billionaires, the need for space colonization must be argued for, not assumed. And the arguments aren’t good.
As policymakers debate the right response to COVID-19, they must take seriously the harms of pandemic policies, not just their benefits.
John P. A. Ioannidis
For the sake of both science and action in the COVID-19 pandemic, we need collaboration among specialists, not sects.
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Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
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