Hanson vs Mowshowitz LiveStream Debate: "Should we expose the youth to coronavirus?" (Mar 29th)

by Ben Pace1 min read26th Mar 202014 comments



I'm running the first LessWrong LiveStream Debate and Meetup, an experiment in online events.

This Sunday (3/29) at noon PDT, Robin Hanson and Zvi Mowshowitz will debate Robin's policy proposal of deliberate infection of certain parts of the population. This will be on a YouTube LiveStream. After the debate, there will be several chat rooms in Mozilla Hub for a general LW meetup, where you can talk to other LessWrong users and with the two debaters.

After that, there'll be lots of online meetups in Mozilla Hub chatrooms like this one:

Please RSVP for the event here, so we know how many people are coming.


  • Time and Date: March 29 at 12:00 PM PDT (US West Coast Time)
  • On Feb 17th, Robin wrote the post Consider Controlled Infection, and has since followed up with six more posts on the policy proposal of deliberate exposure of certain parts of the population. Robin and Zvi will be debating that proposal and its alternatives.
  • They will have a 90 min debate followed by a 30 min Q&A that I'll moderate.
  • For the Q&A, if you are selected you will be given an invite link and will join the Zoom call to ask your question.
  • The online meetup will start just after 2pm. (If there's problems with Mozilla Hubs, we have a Discord server prepared as backup.)

I'll update this page with a link to the live stream and further info on how the Q&A and meetup will happen. I look forward to chatting with people! Check back for updates.

Update: the Mozilla Hub meetup rooms are listed here.

Updated 2: for the Q&A, please leave a comment on this post with a question or PM Jacob Lagerros (jacobjacob) with your question. He will select the questions he likes and invite you onto the zoom call to ask the question.