In this 102nd in a series of live discussions with Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), we discuss the state of the world through an evolutionary lens.
Beginning with a discussion of health and illness, followed by ads for our sponsors, we then launch into discussion of vitamin D deficiency and Covid comorbidities; a new study in The Lancet which finds that, if infected with Covid, vaccinated people transmit at the same rate as do unvaccinated people; and the prospect of vaccinating 5–11-year-olds against Covid. Finally, we discuss the wisdom of Nobel laureates: on tinkering, giving students difficult problems, and the value of discomfort.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Vitamin D Deficiency and Covid-19: Make D While the Sun Shines (And when the sun doesn’t shine, supplement). On Heather’s substack: https://naturalselections.substack.com/p/vitamind
Kompaniyets et al 2021. Peer Reviewed: Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe Illness Among 540,667 Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19, March 2020–March 2021. Preventing Chronic Disease, 18: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8269743/
Singanayagam et al 2021. Community Transmission and Viral Load Kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 Delta (B. 1.617. 2) Variant in Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals. Preprint at The Lancet: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00648-4/fulltext#seccestitle160
Keating 2021. Into the Impossible: Think Like a Nobel Prize Winner: Lessons from Laureates to Stoke Curiosity, Spur Collaboration, and Ignite Imagination in Your Life and Career. https://www.amazon.com/Into-Impossible-Laureates-Collaboration-Imagination/dp/1544523491#detailBullets_feature_div