Plagues have always been a part of the human experience, but the seriousness of COVID-19 is rare. Jason Hartman talks with author and professor, Dr. Nicholas Christakis. Dr. Christakis shares bits from his book Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live. As well, Jason probes Dr. Christakis of the blueprint of a good society – from selections of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society.

Key Takeaways:

[1:00] Unpacking: Apollo’s Arrow

[2:45] What’s the severity of Coronavirus in comparison to past pandemics?

[5:45] Dr. Christakis debunks some COVID-19 myths.

[9:30] There are two critical epidemiological properties to understand about a virus: the infection fatality rate and the contagiousness (R-Naught).

[14:45] The modern mind thinks science and tech have already solved all significant issues. 

[16:15] We are fortunate to be in a period when a vaccine can be made available in real-time.

[17:45] What is “good behavior” for surviving COVID-19?

[21:30] The real estate industry is being reshaped, as it always has in times of pandemics. 

[25:00] Talking about Blueprint, The Evolutionary Origins of A Good Society.

[26:50] What’s the forbidden experiment?

[28:45] A perfect natural experiment. 

[34:20] That good feeling you get when in the presence of your friends was shaped by natural selection. 



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