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Bounce! Conversations with Larry Weeks

Interviews w/ authors, entrepreneurs, athletes and others on resilience, getting on or getting over life’s set ups and setbacks.

On the podcast Larry has in-depth conversations with notable people from a variety of fields and occupations; professors, entrepreneurs, athletes, physicians, etc, to get their stories or research on how to deal with or prepare for life’s challenges, stumbles, and stings. If research exists on how people bounce back, he talks about it. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or philosophies that can help people build personal foundations before the storms come, he digs into it.

Feb 6, 2021

Nicholas Christakis on the impact of Coronavirus, what went wrong, what's going right, and our possible future. More below.

Nicholas is a physician and social scientist at Yale University who conducts research in network science, biosocial science, and behavior genetics.

Named by Time magazine to their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Nicholas's current work focuses on how human biology and health affect social interactions and social networks. He directs the Human Nature Lab and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. 

He is also the author of several books, including Connected: The Amazing Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, and his latest, Apollo's Arrow, The Profound and Enduring impact of Coronavirus On the Way We Live - which is the topic of our conversation.

Nicholas was a font of information; it was a challenge to fit everything into an hour. He was a conversational tour de force crisscrossing history, medicine, social behavior, and disease math.

On the show we covered...

  • How earlier pandemics were similar in how they played out 
  • The frequency of pandemics
  • How COVID-19 compares to other pathogens
  • Disease math and mortality curves
  • Updates on lethality
  • Effective contagion rates
  • What went wrong
  • Trust in government and scientific institutions
  • What's going right 
  • Development of vaccines
  • Vaccination rates (percentage of the populace) we need to open the economy
  • The swiss cheese model of personal risk mitigation 
  • Post pandemic behavior and the future boom

There is a lot more here, so give it a listen. 

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