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The Covid sceptics have made a basic philosophical mistake

The root of the problem is misunderstanding how evidence works

By Julian Baggini  

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Where’s the evidence? After years in which respect for science and reason has been in decline, it should be encouraging to hear this question being doggedly asked. And yet the demand for evidence is being used by those sceptical of measures scientists generally support to bring the virus under control: vaccines, lockdowns, masks. Ironically, the scientists’ mantra is now being used against them. How did this happen?

The problem is that while it is well-understood that science is evidence-based, there is not enough understanding of how evidence works. People demand conclusive evidence when strictly speaking there can never…

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