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Jonathan Birch (LSE): “Science and policy in extremis: the UK’s initial response to COVID-19”
11 November 2020, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
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Abstract: For those of us interested in developing norms for effective scientific advising, the SAGE minutes (59 sets of which are now publicly available) are a valuable resource. Drawing on these minutes, I consider the wider lessons for norms of scientific advising that can be learned from the UK’s initial response to coronavirus, highlighting three key issues: (i) the normative force of advice, (ii) the role of reasonable worst-case scenarios, and (iii) the limits of independence and neutrality.
Jonathan Birch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE.