As of this morning, there is zero confirmed coronavirus infection on Indonesian soil, which has raised questions over whether the country is ill-equipped to detect the disease or if Indonesians are somehow immune to the deadly virus One might...
Melissa ChenUnlikely: Indonesia, the LARGEST country in Southeast Asia, has ZERO cases of Coronavirus
Unlikelier: The reason for this is prayer
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Rows over eugenics reveal how difficult it is to 'decouple' controversial concepts in our heads
Melissa ChenThere are 2 kinds of people: high-decouplers who can “decouple” ideas from context (and the rational from the emotional), & low-decouplers.
The world is filled with more of the latter. Like in a marriage, ask yourself: would you rather be happy or right?
Melissa Chenthis correlation isn't caused by some other factor(s).
But then lab experiments seem to support it: when psychologists prime people to feel afraid of disease, they adopt more collectivist ways of thinking, such as greater conformity to group behavior.
He has called his campaign “the journey of my life.” But what got lost in the novelty of his bid, former employees say, was scrutiny of his life before this particular journey.
Melissa ChenOh he pressures people to sing karaoke? That’s it then! I’m totally revoking my support for @AndrewYang.
This a tabloid smear based on the anonymous ramblings of disgruntled former employees masquerading as journalism by the NYT.
The former National Security Council aide joins a club of people whom the president has targeted for telling the truth.
Melissa ChenThe purge leaves sycophants and yes-men surrounding the President: it’s a purity test.
Worse, why was Col. Vindman’s twin brother who had nothing to do with impeachment proceedings, also removed from his post?
Going after family is what tyrants do.
For years, China’s Thousand Talents recruitment plan attracted U.S. scientists with its grants. Investigators now say China used the program to steal sensitive technology.
Melissa ChenScientific funding in the US is dismal and mired in bureaucracy, so many turn to rich patrons (think Epstein) and entities willing to pay top dollar for it (like China).
It's a Faustian bargain. @EricRWeinstein has been warning us about this for decades.
In the Middle East, where access to Arabic-language content is limited, translations of web content offer ideas and empowerment.
Melissa ChenProud of working with @FaisalAlMutar at @IdeasB2.
In the West, where everything is a click away, access to information is often taken for granted.
But where language is a barrier and a culture of censorship persists, access to knowledge is limited.
Beijing’s crackdown on civil society, freedom of expression made it impossible for people to raise the alarm about the situation, Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun says in online article.
Melissa ChenBeijing’s crackdown on civil society & freedom of expression made it impossible for people to raise the alarm about the situation, Tsinghua University professor Xu Zhangrun says in an article.
Brave professor, speaking up like that. I hope he stays safe
How an all-controlling state silences dissent by claiming to protect free speech.
Melissa ChenElizabeth Warren's new proposal to tackle online misinformation is similar to what the Singapore government currently has in place.
The irony is that most liberal news outlets have published criticisms against Singapore's bill but would defend Warren's.
A management body says sports chat in the office can be a "gateway" to more laddish behaviour.
Melissa ChenThis is a classic case of something well-intentioned that insidiously promotes a gender stereotype.
I and many other women could go toe to toe with any dude on football banter.
Would we urge women to avoid “girl talk” at the office? Celebrity gossip?
He was more than a basketball player. His unmatched impact on the Los Angeles community as well as the world of sports, which transcends basketball, is a testament to his commitment and devotion to make the world a better place.
This was reuploaded as the original video was set to private. Turn on closed captions for subtitles.
Melissa ChenA self-identified Wuhan local posted a 11 min clip on the lockdown, which evolved into commentary on the Chinese govt’s handling of the outbreak & a plea for help.
English subtitles available. He is risking his freedom just by uploading this to YouTube.