Topics Discussed: The origin of the Covid 19 outbreak, Adapted for humans, Immediate effectiveness, Inserted genetic information, Early concerns of engineering, the pangolin problem, Reputation management, potential cover up, The smoking gun, Project Defuse, The impossibility of ethical science in a totalitarian country, When presumptions don’t add up, Framing the pandemic as political, a distraction, 80,000 animals tested in Wuhan, 0 infected, The lack of criticism for the Chinese government, Potential darkness, spreading totalitarianism, China envy, recalling the USSR, Other possible motives, The sad evolution of scientific inquiry, The demise of the enlightenment , The antagonism between religion and science, Truth over consequence, The conflation of religion as a faith and as an institution, The spirit of inquiry, Dawkins; not seeking the answer, following the questions, The truth will set you free.
Matt Ridley is a British science writer, journalist and businessman. He is known for his writings on science, the environment, and economics and has been a regular contributor to The Times newspaper. Ridley was chairman of the UK bank Northern Rock from 2004 to 2007, during which period it experienced the first run on a British bank in 130 years. He resigned, and the bank was bailed out by the UK government; this led to its nationalization.