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During a pandemic of an infectious microbe, the idea that we are at ‘war’ with an ‘invisible enemy’ or ‘invader’ is pervasive. It’s a routine figure of speech for politicians and commentators, even some public health officials. Echoing the elaborate metaphor used for the body’s immune system’s response to an unfamiliar bacterium or virus, the […]

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Talking about Disorder

On September 30, 2020 By

Every day we read that we live in an age of disorder. But what does that mean? Are our intellectual tools for ordering the world just not sharp enough?

In my essay ‘No End State: Exploring […]

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