A good review (and a follow-up) of the fundamental differences between the scientific method and the political method. In this case, a rebuke of pseudoscientific opinion opposed to the current social distancing effort but it is more widely applicable to all contrarian/denialist efforts.
- How to be Curious Instead of Contrarian About COVID-19: Eight Data Science Lessons From ‘Coronavirus Perspective’ (Epstein 2020), Rex W. Douglass PhD https://rexdouglass.github.io/TIGR/Douglass_2020_How_To_Be_Curious_Instead_of_Contrarian_About_Covid19.nb.html
- “How to be Curious Instead of Contrarian About COVID-19: Eight Data Science Lessons From Coronavirus Perspective” The same name but a different piece from the “Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science” blog. https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2020/03/31/how-to-be-curious-instead-of-contrarian-about-covid-19-eight-data-science-lessons-from-coronavirus-perspective/