Sunday, May 03, 2020

Smoking Gun?

Perhaps one of the few circumstantial smoking guns inferring that SARS-Cov-2 might have been concocted in a lab, is the way it often appears to have been custom-made to explore the ways we humans misunderstand - and sometimes wilfully confuse for political reasons - personal, collective and societal risk. 

To reveal to us in the most painful of ways how we’re all in this together and yet so obviously not. How so many of our motivations and satisfactions derive from quite simple routines. How we tend to swallow deliberate deceit more easily when presented numerically, or perhaps worse, graphically. And, how much our world has come to depend, in an over-extended way, on the free movement of goods and people, in spite of our inherently localist prejudices. If there were pointy heads involved, they had to have been game theorists.

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