Don’t trust the psychologists on coronavirus

31 Mar

Psychologists haven’t had a great few years. First there was the “replication crisis”, which kicked off in about 2011 and involved the gradual realisation that many of our best-known, most-hyped results couldn’t be repeated in independent experiments. Then there were the revelations that the American Psychological Association, one of the field’s most important professional bodies, […]

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The scientific case against ‘herd immunity’

17 Mar

Last Thursday, the UK government announced a shift in its coronavirus strategy, moving from a “contain phase” to a “delay phase.” The new guidance included encouragement for people to self-quarantine at home if they develop relevant symptoms, and that schools would be asked to end foreign trips. To say that these fell short of the […]

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