Manifesto in Nature: Five ways to ensure that models serve society

To make sure predictions do not become adjuncts to a political cause, modellers, decision makers and citizens need to establish new social norms. Modellers must not be permitted to project more certainty than their models deserve; and politicians must not be allowed to offload accountability to models of their choosing Quick summary: Mind the assumptions… Read More Manifesto in Nature: Five ways to ensure that models serve society

Transparency Matters @ Sense about Science

Sense about science (https://senseaboutscience.org/) campaigns on similar issues to this site.  They have recently written to the prime minister asking for a “fresh approach to scientific advice” . In particular, asking … you could ensure that SAGE’s minutes, membership, and plans for its expansion are open  for people to see, as so many are urging.… Read More Transparency Matters @ Sense about Science

Wired: Discussing the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown

As this article says: The giant data set was never made available for inspection by other scientists, which would be critical for demonstrating that results are reproducible. More astounding, the private and secretive company that owned the data, called Surgisphere, denied full access to the papers’ authors too. That’s bad faith, and it violates best… Read More Wired: Discussing the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown

BMJ article questions the UK Gov’s lack of clarity between scientific advice and politics

“Scientists and doctors in advisory positions face a dual obligation to the state and to the public. But what happens when the government’s integrity no longer matches your personal or professional integrity, when your public accountability seems greater than that of the politicians you advise? Do you fight from within? Do you speak out, and… Read More BMJ article questions the UK Gov’s lack of clarity between scientific advice and politics

Government faces legal action over refusal to publish scientific advisory group minutes

A case brought by millionaire, Simon Dolan who said: “I believe it is absolutely crucial in holding the government to account – they have introduced entirely unprecedented restrictions on basic freedoms, caused the losses of millions of jobs, destroyed businesses, incurred eye-watering amounts of debt, which will take generations to pay back, and yet they… Read More Government faces legal action over refusal to publish scientific advisory group minutes

Guardian: UK scientists condemn ‘Stalinist’ attempt to censor Covid-19 advice

A quote: Government scientific advisers are furious at what they see as an attempt to censor their advice on government proposals during the Covid-19 lockdown by heavily redacting an official report before it was released to the public, the Guardian can reveal. The report was one of a series of documents published by the Scientific… Read More Guardian: UK scientists condemn ‘Stalinist’ attempt to censor Covid-19 advice