Philippe Lemoine: Bad Covid Science, Ukraine Analysis, and Philosophy — #62

Philippe Lemoine is a PhD candidate at Cornell University in philosophy and a widely-read public intellectual. We discuss philosophy, the scientific research used to justify COVID lockdowns, and the Russia-Ukraine war.


  • (00:00) - Introduction and Guest Background
  • (00:54) - Philippe's Academic Journey
  • (08:29) - Philosophical Insights and Career Shift: Public Intellectual
  • (46:17) - Russian Energy and European Economy
  • (48:27) - Covid Epidemic Modeling: Bad Science
  • (56:22) - Critique of Scientific and Policy Incentives
  • (01:31:54) - The Messy Reality of Ukraine Maidan Uprising
  • (01:32:59) - Could Security Guarantees Have Prevented the Ukraine War?
  • (02:07:21) - Ukraine War: Long-Term Predictions


Music used with permission from Blade Runner Blues Livestream improvisation by State Azure.


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