A first Iceland WhatsApp Number List of humility: despite all the technical and medical advances made for more than a century, our feeling of control and invulnerability is only an illusion. Humanity, even if we want to stick a capital H to it to do well, to make it big, ultimately only the (successful?) Proliferation of the human species on the planet, a biological species that is certainly interesting and to which we let us all carry a certain natural affection, but nevertheless subjected to all the risks inherent in its animal condition. And prone to diseases, to the hazardous mutation of a piece of viral genome deep in a Chinese cave, dependent on the resources of the blue planet … In short, in control of its sole navel.

The very many theories, more or less smoky, more or less conspiratorial, aiming to make this or that country, this or that political organization or even this or that global policy responsible for the cataclysm are unfortunately the result of a deterministic cognitive bias, which prompts us to seek of “meaning”, a “cause”, a “responsible” where there is obviously none. “The assumption that correlation equals cause is probably one of the two or three most common and serious mistakes in human reasoning. (Stephen Jay Gould). The mutation of a virus is natural and hazardous, more frequent even than that well accepted as the main

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mechanism of evolution (mutation and natural selection), updated by a certain Darwin. In other words, “It is quite remarkable to find, at the base of one of the most exquisitely precise molecular adaptation phenomena that we know, a random source. »(Jacques Monod, Chance and Necessity). Could we have avoided that? We could obviously consider ending up ziggling the last bats, the last pangolins, or even the last Pangolin eaters, why limit ourselves to other animal species? Unattractive idea but above all unrealistic, we will always have to live with other species, if only to find something to eat. We necessarily evolve in a biological environment, and are in fact inexorably subject to its mechanisms, even if they seem “cruel” to us.


Could we have anticipated it better? Probably, we could collectively have made sure that a grain of sand in our beautiful machine did not seize the whole thing (without idle pun). Provide warning mechanisms, emergency procedures, stocks of masks… These did exist for a while in France, thank you Roselyne, she was at the time criticized for her negligence and the squandering of public funds, sometimes by the same people who today denounce the “lack of preparation” of our rulers. You can’t hide behind the “we didn’t know”, the script was written and described with precision. See Bill Gates’ Ted HERE in 2015. We can love or hate what he did with Microsoft, but we have to admit: he forgot to be stupid, this gentleman.

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The arrival of a vaccine, many vaccines even, within a timeframe never seen before. Result of an unprecedented mobilization (scientific, political and financial), it will take many more months for us to be safe from this long awaited “collective immunity”. The sudden halt to our economy, but also probably the “calm time” imposed by the confinement, have accelerated a general awareness of environmental issues and the climate emergency. Even though the pandemic probably has no link with global warming (I challenge anyone to explain the cause and effect link to me other than by the very generic “Nature is attacked, she is taking revenge” …)

DataViz and Open Data have opened up more than ever to the general public, allowing day-to-day monitoring of progress (or regression) by country, region, age group… See two particularly extensive references: Financial Times and Le Monde . When some people complain of “not having information”, “we are not told anything”, we know “too little, too late”, that they remember that the latest epidemics have been largely underestimated. simply because … their existence and the assessment of their damage could only be possible after many years and the analysis of data collected with great difficulty (see HEREa very good article on the subject). What progress has been made, not only in information, but also in the capacity to react and adapt public policies.

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