Founder @Quillette. Contributor @Australian.

Sydney, Australia
Joined May 2013
Six years ago this month, I started Quillette, after having dropped out of my post-graduate studies in psychology. “Quillette” is an old French word for a wicker off-cutting that is planted into the ground and grows into a tree.
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
Exploiting the tragedy of people who became victims of criminal pseudo-medical experiments in Auschwitz in a debate about vaccines, pandemic and people who fight for saving human lives is shameful. It is disrespectful to victims & a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
We’re doubling down on US capabilities,when we should be doubling down on Aust-owned & controlled ones. It’s a touchstone for Aust ability to actually assert its own foreign & defence policy for its own interests. Thanks for the chat @Gallo_Ways brisbanetimes.com.au/politic… @ANUmedia
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
The price of idealism: the world you are fighting for is not the world you will get when you win. It can be better than the existing one, and will be likely worse in some regards, because every benefit tends to have tradeoffs and costs. But it won't look anything like the ideal.
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Fifteen million people are dead (estimated) and people are still trying to tell me “it’s just the flu.”
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
Replying to @clairlemon
I’ve noticed that my friends from Africa seem to spend a lot less time discussing conspiracy theories about COVID. Perhaps they’re more resilient because of hardship we aren’t used to facing. Sort of like allergies partially owing to “bored” immune systems.
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Interesting: "Openness to unusual ideas (unconventionality) was associated with higher belief in specific conspiracy theories & conspiracy mentality, while openness to information and knowledge (inquisitiveness) negatively predicted these two conspiratorial measures"
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"narcissism and conspiracy theories include grandiosity, so narcissist's beliefs about the world would be as grandiose as they are about [himself or] herself." Remind you of anyone @ydeigin? 😂
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Spirituality was *most* predictive: "Conspirituality, that is, that New Age spirituality and conspiratorial beliefs may converge to one worldview, conjoining the features of unusual (paranormal) beliefs, secret societies, knowledge, and interconnectedness in the world"
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
Story-telling runs deep in human nature... The author @jonathangottsch is also notable for his fascinating book 'The professor in the cage' (2016) about the evolutionary psychology of combat sports such as BJJ & MMA. One of the only English professors to do cage fighting!
Jonathan Gottschall is one of the only English professors in the world to incorporate evolutionary theory in his literary analysis. He has a new book out and you can read a fascinating chapter in @Quillette quillette.com/2021/11/29/the…
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
So, I read this thread, and: I get it. He’s arguing non-linearly and probabilistically. Thing is, when you’re evaluating new information that’s pretty much all you have. And therein lies the problem. Most people can’t, or won’t, parse non-linear or probabilistic thinking.
There’s a new COVID19 variant that has people worried. Let’s talk about “omicron.” This assessment must necessarily be very preliminary, since we are in very early days (partly thanks to South Africa generously sounding the alarm!). 1/
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Claire Lehmann retweeted
If people desperate for attention can’t elicit it positively- they’ll get it negatively.
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This is what I mean.
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