The anti-lockdown Barrington Declaration is a parable of what happens when bad science gets coopted by shady corporate interests. See also: tobacco, oil and sugar industry. My Observer column
Bang on! "It is a sorry parable about what happens when bad science gets co-opted by shady ideological interests"
‘Nothing, from the self-aggrandising name to the video of the three professors toasting with champagne their statement about a pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people suggests... epistemological humility.’ V good piece by
This is very good by , both on the portentously named Great Barrington declaration & on the fallibility of scientists speaking beyond the evidence and outside their own discipline.
This piece from on the less-than-Great Barrington declaration is superb.
“Policy juggles limited scientific knowledge alongside economic considerations and normative value judgments informed by competing political ideologies.” Summarises our 5-week teaching block in one sentence ⁦⁩ ⁦
This is excellent from Basically sets out exactly what I think way more eloquently than I could ever get close to managing
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha . Time to call a spade a spade, the so called “science” in the Great Barrington declaration is an outlier position not supported by science.
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked. The ‘Great Barrington declaration’ makes claims about #HerdImmunity that its signatories have failed to back up, by via #Covid19
The rebel scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
The Great Barrington Declaration as stealth issue advocacy. ⁦⁩, drawing on ⁦
good piece from debunking the anti-lockdown scientists & ludicrous Great Barrington declaration (and citing the excellent on "stealth advocacy")
A really good piece and grounded in key #sts thinking on science policy and public engagement too. ⁦
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
Very good piece by on the “rebel scientists’” so-called Great Barrington Declaration, which has all the hallmarks of a Koch Brothers “stealth advocacy” operation operation as previously deployed on sugar, tobacco & climate change
ClimateTwitter will recognize this tactic: the ol' website where anyone can sign a petition saying they're an expert & herd immunity is the best except for all the deaths gambit. . The earlier climate petition was big wrong, weird:
“It’s fine for scientists to become advocates of a particular policy so long as they are transparent about where expertise stops and advocacy begins.“
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
‘History tells us what happens when bad science gets deployed by corporate interests.’ - ⁦
Absolutely nothing great about the declaration.
Who knew! “Scientists are human, with all the cognitive biases, flaws and personal grudges that entails. “
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked | Sonia Sodha
As writes, the Great Barrington declaration pushes a herd immunity strategy unsupported by science, lacking in specifics, and silent about uncertainties. Proponents of this “outlier position” have done “a profound disservice” to science.
The anti-lockdown scientists’ cause would be more persuasive if it weren’t so half-baked - the so-called #GreatBarringtonDeclaration is not supported by science & backed by #climatechange deniers. #COVID19 #ScienceMatters #DontBeFooledByGreatBarrington
The "Great Barrington Declaration" which is calling for a "herd immunity" strategy against Covid-19 is making the rounds. Don't fall for it; it's a bunch of pseudoscience, astroturfed by a libertarian think tank.