The Case for Democracy explores the psychological biases; distorted risk perceptions; frenetic journalism; the impotence of science; the narrow focus of 'experts'; value judgements dressed up as truths; propaganda; the invisibility of ethics; and the alarming irrelevance of inclusive democracy that have been features of the human reaction to the covid-19 pandemic. David Seedhouse argues that the chaotic human response to the virus, with no attempt to include the public, is the perfect argument for an extensive, participatory democracy. It is time for us to solve our problems together. David Seedhouse is Professor of Deliberative Practice at Aston University.

Guided by the Science?

Guided by the science?
  • Scientific directives (A) and Community values (B)
  • Epidemiological modelling (A) and the Modelling of broader social consequences (B)
  • The scale of death from COVID-19 (A) compared to Other causes of death (B)
  • Expert specialists (A) and Collective wisdom (B)
  • Guesswork (A) and Evidence-based medicine (B)
  • Association (A) and Causation (B)
  • Psychological bias (A) and Self-awareness (B)
  • Risk perceptions (A) and Accurate comparisons (B)

Governments around the world claim to be ‘guided by the science', but this is only partly true. Mostly it is not true at all. They are certainly not guided only by science.

It is not possible to be guided only by science. The science, however well-researched, did not tell the UK government to shut down my local pub. That was a human choice, ...

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