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.

Puzzling Charts

Puzzling charts
  • Certainty (A) and Uncertainty (B)
  • 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)
  • Guesswork (A) and Evidence-based medicine
  • Association (A) and Causation (B)
  • Risk perceptions (A) and Accurate comparisons (B)

As the pandemic has unfolded, I have tried to find some truth. But wherever and whatever this is, it certainly does not spring out from a study of the multitude of charts saturating the internet.

While researching and writing this book, I have kept a casual record of some of the charts and statistics, both from global websites (116) and different news-media. I have not found this particularly helpful, and I am aware that like ...

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