I haven’t really come across anything to write about recently. I’ve been thinking a bit about models and how they are used to inform decision making. I’ve been thinking a bit about the use of scientific advice. I also had an interesting discussion on Twitter with Jean Goodwin about what to expect from scientists who engage publicly. I may write a bit more about this at some stage, but my concern with this is that we should – in my view – be careful of constructing a narrative that then allows people to blame scientists if the decisions we end up making aren’t regarded as optimal (I will admit that the current situation has confused me somewhat).
For some reason, I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Tracy Chapman recently. I remember listening to her music a lot many years ago, and only came across it again recently. The song below seems quite apt, unfortunately.