I for one was very pleased to hear the Government talking about “data, not dates” guiding our way out of the latest lockdown. Generally it’s a good idea to be as scientific as possible when making decisions.
But a good scientist knows the limitations of their data. They know what it can and can’t tell them. They ask the right questions, and retain a healthy scepticism over the answers.
It’s why the term “data-driven” can be problematic. As our latest article argues, data science is phenomenally useful, but it’s no substitute for good sense.