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Reaction to Hong Kong’s mass coronavirus testing reveals city’s Pavlovian politics

In the experiment for which the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov is best known, he sounded a buzzer just before he fed his dogs. The dogs developed a connection between the sound and provision of food so that eventually they salivated upon hearing the buzzer even in the absence of food. We have two excellent examples of Pavlovian behaviour now in Hong Kong politics. The first concerns any proposal put forward or endorsed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Whatever its merits, you…

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