COVID-19: What we need to know about a possible third wave

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We are currently hearing a lot of speculation about a possible third wave of COVID-19 and why this means we must be cautious about how we come out of lockdown. It has been suggested that if a third wave hits then this could lead to a return to previous restrictions and a longer period of… Continue reading COVID-19: What we need to know about a possible third wave

Learning to See – Navigating the scientific experiments and studies during COVID-19

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This is a guest post from a medical perspective from Mark Surg.  In recent weeks and months we seen a flurry of research to do with the COVID-19 pandemic shared and commented on. It seems at times that people tend to choose the research that suits their own narrative.  I thought it would be helpful… Continue reading Learning to See – Navigating the scientific experiments and studies during COVID-19

Face mask experiments and asking the wrong question

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A little while back I mentioned a study looking at cases of COVID-19 among families with children in the home. I observed that the study was being used by people to push conclusions that it did not and could not make. Something similar has been happening with a Danish study about mask wearing. The study… Continue reading Face mask experiments and asking the wrong question

The current Evangelical scepticism about science and modelling could do long term harm

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There is a narrative that is gaining traction at the moment which runs along the lines that we are resisting an authoritarian agenda led by “The Science” and fed by dodgy models.  From this perspective, attempts to model and forecast should be ignored as worthless trash whilst our efforts to control and defeat a pandemic… Continue reading The current Evangelical scepticism about science and modelling could do long term harm

Curiosity and coronavirus

I have argued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that two gaps in our skill set as a society have been identified. The first is an understanding of how statistics work as figures have been thrown around without much understanding of what they tell us. The second has been that we have show a lack of curiosity.… Continue reading Curiosity and coronavirus

The A Level Results Scandal – how not to use algorithms

A Level results are dropping into young people’s in boxes this morning and from what we have heard on the news and seen with the Scottish results there is going to be a lot of disappointment this morning. Earlier this year, when it became clear that the normal summer exams would not be possible, teachers… Continue reading The A Level Results Scandal – how not to use algorithms

Evil Nazis, The Sky fairy and questions about abortion and euthanasia

Today in the House of Commons there will be an attempt to amend the Domestic Abuse bill in order to significantly liberalise the abortion laws still further. I am asking all MPs including our local MPs John Speller and Preet Kaur-Gill to vote against this. I have two reasons for asking them to do this.… Continue reading Evil Nazis, The Sky fairy and questions about abortion and euthanasia

Following the science – but which science?

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From the start of Coronavirus the Government have repeated the mantra that in all their actions, they have been “following the science.”  However, the idea that there is this thing called “The Science” is rather misleading. It misses two points. The first is that there are various fields of science. This of course includes the… Continue reading Following the science – but which science?