Author Archives: Jon Garvey
Here’s some material linking The Hump’s early interest in newly understood processes of evolution and the more recent all-pervading influence of COVID policy on what I write. Any really dedicated readers will remember my enthusiasm for the work of James Shapiro a decade ago, which turns out to have relevance in the COVID vaccine story.
Today’s government sales-pitch, according to the Telegraph, is “Play your part” Get vaccinated to Beat Indian variant, PM urges public.
And so the unending cycle continues: this time Boris Johnson warns that lockdown continues (probably) because of the Indian variant, thus proving that as long as micro-evolution exists in Coronaviruses, nothing will stop our lives and economy being put on hold by an ignorant and coercive government. There remains no exit strategy.
I have developed another reason to be suspicious of the promised “freedom” supposedly being unrolled in stages upon Britain’s lockdown. This arose from inadvertently catching a part of Boris Johnson’s announcement of next week’s partial changes, which I usually try to avoid. It was something about being able to hug people as long as they’re the people you’ve been hugging already for months… your children, for example.
There’s a rather significant article on medium.com summarising the evidence on SARS-CoV2 origins here, by Nicholas Wade. It’s around 11,000 words, but you guys don’t come here for sound-bites, after all!
This is just another miscellany of current COVID madness, with some explanation of why it is planned to continue indefinitely.
We now know a lot more about COVID than we did last year, which makes it easier to follow the science in health policy, as our government is doing with the help of the country’s leading behavioural psychologists and theoretical modellers. Well, mainly political analysts, actually, guessing what will make them look least like idiots for ruining the economy.
An essay of mine has just been published at Sapientia as part of a symposium in response to John Schneider’s Animal Suffering and the Darwinian Problem of Evil, overseen by Kevin Vanhoozer.
One of Evangelicalism’s “distinctives” is its stress on a “personal relationship” with God, which properly implies various theological ideas of particular election, individual grace, and personal commitment, combined with a belief in the active ministry of the Holy Spirit and special providence in the believer’s life. In other words, it contrasts with purely formal, intellectual or ritual concepts of membership of the Church.
Now, my problem is that if somebody talks about a sure-fire and simple way of saving the environment, I’ll immediately ask how it works (in detail), what the down-sides are and, of course, the rather obvious one of whether it even works behind the green hype. For some reason, that seems to be an uncommon thing to do, even for governments.