Category Archives: authoritarianism

Some Thoughts on Safety and Free Speech


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When people hear that I’m an Epidemiologist, they ask everything from, “What kinds of insects do you study?” to “I have a mysterious rash here…” So for those people, I give you this: Continue reading Some Thoughts on Safety and Free Speech

My Favourite Books… oh, and the Academic Heresy Hunt


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But first…

Before I delve into today’s topic, which is books, I wanted to revisit a topic from yesterday: the plight of university graduate student Lindsay Shepherd, who, according to university officials, failed to sufficiently condemn a problematic political viewpoint, and was sanctioned for her failureContinue reading My Favourite Books… oh, and the Academic Heresy Hunt

Apropos of Nothing


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“People are only upset at the exploitation of their part of the world… Somebody can be absolutely furious at the use of a word that’s not the proper use of that word, then steps over a homeless person on their way to work.” –Jon Stewart

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Reputation Evolution


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reoutation bannerBack in April, Stefania Sigurdson Forbes was kind enough to profile my social media presence on her website, Reputation Evolution.  To create the profile, she sent me a short questionnaire.  Ever the archivist, I thought I’d make public the complete answers to her questions here in this blog post: Continue reading Reputation Evolution