Yuval Noah Harari on a COVID-world

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14 Responses to Yuval Noah Harari on a COVID-world

  1. Rafe Champion

    My wife is having a great time reading Sapiens, however we think he is a warming alarmist and that probably came through when he started talking about the rise of distrust of scientists and experts. And it got worse in patches. So it is good and bad in patches.

  2. The title says it all for me. It’s scientists that have undermined trust in science. Too many ‘experts’ that always seem to get it wrong and there are no repercussions, just send more money.

  3. Diogenes

    1. he doesn’t like Trump,
    2. he really doesn’t believe in democracy

  4. one old bruce

    Who next Sinc, Deepak Chopra, Shirley MacLaine..? What are Harari’s views on reincarnation? I’m sure his staff of ten could come up with another bestseller on the subject.

  5. Beachcomber

    It’s scientists that have undermined trust in science.

    Exactly. This whole flu panic sh*t show was started by fund-grubbing University “scientists”, i.e. virologists who misrepresented and exaggerated the the significance and danger of a new strain of flu virus.

    They created something sensational here

  6. virologists who misrepresented and exaggerated the the significance and danger of a new strain of flu virus

    It was significantly a case of inconsistency of understanding, views and message and then expressions of absolute certainty that kept changing that undermined the ‘science’. Just like ‘climate science’.

  7. Hay Stockard

    Scientists are ok as long as they aren’t on the Government teat.

  8. We seem to have moved on from the “half of Australia will be dead by the end of the week”.

    Does the CMO go by the name of Hanrahan?

  9. David Brewer

    Correct that crisis is speeding up use of IT, including for surveillance, and that this is an issue for democracies.

    Wrong on most other things due to left-wing globalist bias. We supposedly need a global ecnonomic plan, otherwise, when Covid his Africa and Latin America, “entire countries will collapse”. From what? It knocks out old sick people, so the disease itself won’t have much economic effect in the developing world anyway. And even if it did, what sort of global economic plan has ever improved the lot of poor people in poor countries?

    The Trump-bashing is also questionable. Harari says the US refuses to lead the world any more, but strangely enough we see one country after another following Trump’s lead on everything from NATO funding and countering Chinese intellectual property theft to Covid travel bans, and now to winding back the confinement.

    The stuff on how we need to trust experts more is really off-putting. Scientific progress and the survival of our freedoms depend on not kow-towing to experts. Many of those touted as such lack real expertise anyway, and not a few are just state-funded bedwetters and empire-builders insulated from the consequences of their own bad advice.

  10. Beachcomber

    David Brewer at 4:30 pm

    A good summary of Mr Harari’s Marxist globalist blather.

  11. nfw

    While politicians are certainly complicit in undermining trust in any and everything, it would seem the “experts” in science who preach to us without releasing their data and methodologies and the denizens of the 4th estate, who are only in it to sell advertising space, are pretty good suspects.

  12. Roger

    So it is good and bad in patches.

    Like the curate’s egg.

    No thanks.

  13. Graham Young

    He looks like he’s stumbled onto the wrong website. Not the slightest clue about how to deal with complex systems. We don’t need more global planning we need more national planning. We don’t need to share resources, we need people to understand the need for them and they’ll pay what they have to.

    That the WHO is responsible for this area tells you just how hopeless and corrupt international cooperation becomes when it becomes too international.

  14. Cynic of Ayr

    Just another Scientist who can’t get a job in the real world.
    IF, there is no penalty for lying or being stupid, then there is no incentive to not lie or not be stupid.
    IF, there is no penalty for pushing a scientific view for personal gain, then there is no incentive not to do so. This is glaringly apparent so many times. “We’re not sure, so send us more money.”
    I agree with Hay Stockard
    #3411015, posted on April 14, 2020 at 3:48 pm
    Scientists are ok as long as they aren’t on the Government teat.

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