The Jordan B Peterson Podcast #366 – Dr. Steve Templeton & Jordan Peterson

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Dr. Steve Templeton

Steve Templeton, Ph.D., is associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Indiana University School of Medicine—Terre Haute. Formerly CDC/NIOSH. Immunology of Infectious Disease.

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Unmasking Perceptions: Dr. Steve Templeton on Epidemics, Delusions, and Safety

In a thought-provoking episode of the Lex Fridman Podcast, Dr. Steve Templeton delves into the intricate relationship between epidemics, societal delusions, and the human perception of safety.

The Illusion of Safety

Templeton touches upon the idea that society often prioritizes the appearance of safety over actual safety measures. This illusion can lead individuals to remain unaware of genuine risks, emphasizing the importance of discerning real threats from perceived ones.

Understanding Epidemics

As the world grapples with the challenges of epidemics, understanding their nature, spread, and societal impact becomes imperative. Templeton offers insights into the complexities of epidemics and the role of perception in shaping public responses.

Delusions in Society

Delusions, both individual and collective, can influence societal behaviors, especially in times of crisis. Templeton discusses the origins and implications of these delusions, emphasizing the need for critical thinking and informed decision-making.


The dialogue between Lex Fridman and Dr. Steve Templeton serves as a mirror to society's psyche. As epidemics and crises challenge our norms, understanding the underlying perceptions and delusions becomes crucial in navigating the path forward.