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Viral: The Origin of COVID-19: Matt Ridley (Transcript)

Transcript of JBP Podcast titled ‘Viral: The Origin of COVID-19’. In this discussion Dr Jordan B Peterson and Matt Ridley go in depth to explore the Covid 19 outbreak, scrutinizing the lack of criticism, the inherent red flags widely accepted as benign, the possible motive for a multi-government cover up, and ultimately the demise of the scientific enlightenment as it bends to a more fearsome pandemic: totalitarianism.


DR JORDAN B PETERSON: Hello, everyone. I’m happy today to be speaking with Dr. Matt Ridley, one of the world’s most well-known and lucidly-minded rationalists. I’ve spoken with Matt before on my podcast, and we’re going to talk today about, among other things, about the origin of the COVID virus. So that should be entertaining.

Matt Ridley is a British writer, journalist, and public speaker. He has a BA and DPhil degree from Oxford University. Matt also worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor. He worked as a Washington correspondent and American editor as well, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. Matt writes a weekly column in The Times of London and also writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal.

As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013 and served on the Science and Technology Select Committee from 2014 to 2017. He won the Hayek Prize in 2011, the Julian Simon Award in 2012, and the Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014. He’s a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is honorary president of the International Center for Life in Newcastle. Matt also holds honorary doctorates from Buckingham University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and University Francisco, Merrick, in Guatemala. His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages, and have won several awards.

His books include The Red Queen, The Origins of Virtue, Genome, Nature Via Nurture, Francis Crick, The Rational Optimist, The Evolution of Everything, How Innovation Works, and the revised and expanded version of his latest book, Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19.

We’re going to talk about a variety of issues, including not least the politicization of science and perhaps the politicization of everything. But I think maybe we’ll start by walking through your book on the origin of COVID-19.

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