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‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic

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In his daily coronavirus briefings, President Trump regularly touts the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as possibly one of the “biggest game-changers in the history of medicine”—based on what <span class="nlp-<span class="nlp-common“>common“>seems to be a few anecdotal reports of mild benefits in Covid-19 patients.

I mean, if you look back historically, common sense does not have a great track record against science.

It seems like we could all use a little refresher on the nature of science—what it is and what it really does.

Fundamentally, science is the process of building and testing models.

When I teach physics, I don’t talk about “laws” of motion; I want students to understand that all of our descriptions of the world—including the ones we bet our lives on, like, say, in designing airplanes or bridges—they are all just models of reality.

Think about it: That model car maybe isn’t a perfect scale replica, and it doesn’t drive like a car.

But if you wanted to convey to someone what a ‘67 Mustang was like, it would be a great help.

Models don’t have to be physical; they can also be mathematical.

With a mathematical model, it’s easier to see three other aspects of models:.

Models are built with real data from experiments.

Models can be used to predict stuff—maybe the future number of infected humans or the trajectory of a comet around the sun.

When data contradicts a model, we have to change the model.

Science is just the process of building and refining models.

What About Common Sense?.

I think of ‘common sense’ as a set of ideas that most humans would agree on without too much debate.


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