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Nicholas A. Christakis
Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed
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Nicholas A. Christakis 10h
Replying to @primalpoly
Wins the internet today.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 10h
Your reminder that China has ~700M people under a kind of house arrest in order to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. And this is just keeping a lid on the epidemic, not stopping it.
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Scott Hechinger 10h
An NYPD officer is caught on camera choking a protestor at an immigration rally. The consequence: The loss of some vacation days. Now back out “patrolling the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway, Queens.” A crisis of accountability. More violence will result.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 10h
I’m glad to know at least one person would have detected my kidnapping.
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Incunabula 18h
Traditional Inuit folk tales are not for sissies.
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Greg Lukianoff 15h
Advisory: Threats to student rights while campaigning on college campuses via
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Nicholas A. Christakis 15h
Yes exactly. It’s a contagion in the diagnosis. Which is why Bearman found contagion in mild but not severe cases.
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Ed Yong 21h
When the sun throws a cosmic tantrum, gray whales are 4 times more likely to strand themselves. This connection suggests that the whales might use a magnetic sense to guide their incredible migrations. My latest on a very cool study:
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Nicholas A. Christakis 15h
I’m placing a marker on this tweet by DT regarding COVID-19 because it’s clueless. And his administration has been irresponsible about preparedness. No doubt, when the situation deteriorates, he will blame the CDC despite its efforts, not because of them.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 15h
Both. It's iatrogenic in the sense that we have recommended avoiding peanuts, but also social in that there are copycat cases. See:
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Nicholas A. Christakis 15h
We use cutting as an example in Connected (my 2009 book).
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Nicholas A. Christakis 16h
I am an expert in social contagion, and I endorse these examples too. Also peanut allergy, autism (mild form -- see work by Peter Bearman), and gender dysphoria (our second outbreak in a generation). What they all have in common is core of actual cases, with social overlay.
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MarleneJ 18h
He earns £7.8m ($10m) per year. “I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people in a very poor region of Senegal...” Truly inspiring.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 17h
Illustrates the power of both philosophers and of kings, of ideas and of the gun.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 17h
Widely banning travel, closing down cities, and hoarding resources are not realistic solutions for an outbreak that lasts years, and of these measures come with risks of their own.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 18h
Sandra Oh To Star In ‘The Chair’ Dramedy Series At Netflix. It’s hard to square this with my desire to die during a faculty meeting, because the transition would be so imperceptible.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 18h
Very meta: Our paper about bots was just retweeted by a bot.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 19h
The vegetarian food here at the spa is delicious. I see why it would be best for the government to regulate what people can say. What do scientists know about anything anyway? Honestly, I cannot understand why people find babies so adorable.
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Nicholas A. Christakis 24h
Fine overview of work re COVID-19 on multiple fronts including important epidemiological work in lab of .
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Brendan Nyhan Feb 24
I've been warning about tail risk since 2016 As we face a potential pandemic, we have a person who panicked over Ebola leading a widely distrusted, hollowed-out government with numerous vacancies and low-quality appointees chosen for "loyalty"
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