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Quantifying Dread

July 10, 2020

You guys might have been wondering what happened to me! Well the answer is I moved to Somerville, MA temporarily, and it takes a TON of work to move, especially when you haven’t moved in 15 years!

Side note: I discovered I am a major hoarder in the categories of clothing, shoes, and yarn. This is something that is easy to deny when you don’t have to empty out large closets but is impossible to deny when you do.

OK so, and this is dark, I wrote a Bloomberg piece about my definition of quantified dread, which loosely speaking when things are getting worse and the rate at which they’re getting worse is getting worse:

America Is Being Way Too Calm About Covid-19

This is a case where optimism may be an existential threat.

You can read more of my Bloomberg columns here.

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  1. david littauer
    July 10, 2020 at 10:19 am

    I don’t have subscription to walk St journal. Can you in future place articles into email. Congrats on the move David

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  2. Josh
    July 10, 2020 at 10:31 am

    Good column. I wholeheartedly agree with the basic argument.

    Two nit-picks: “existential threat” is going overboard.
    “It’s just a matter of time before the disease again seeps into nursing homes, rehabs and prisons.” Actually, the situation in prisons is already bad and getting worse. The government is actively spreading it. In California from Chino to San Quentin to Susanville:

    This is not known because there is woefully inadequate testing and little press coverage.


  3. Bill Blaney
    July 13, 2020 at 9:43 am

    So if dread is related to the rate that things are getting worse, and the rate at which dread is increasing is increasing, would this make it a second order dreadivitive?

    Sorry, just a little math-oriented gallows humor to brighten up your Monday.

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  4. anon
    July 14, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Small omission: California. Otherwise a great article.


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