A recent survey found 80 per cent of people felt a lower level of social connectedness as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Fatigue and frustration are two of the strongest emotions people are feeling as we approach the second Christmas of the Covid-19 pandemic. The surveys(...)

 A mural of our chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, masquerading as Superman in Temple Bar attests to the public’s view of him as a benevolent actor who acts in our best interests. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

In March, as we watched things quickly deteriorate in northern Italy, we listened to, and carefully followed, the advice of our public health experts (...)

Chief executive of the HSE, Paul Reid, at a public briefing on winter flu and coronaviruis, also known as Covid-19. Photograph: Laura Hutton

How can scientists best inform public policymakers at a time when policy decisions are often complex and the science is uncertain? With the spread of (...)

Prof José Van Dijck of Utrecht University: ‘There is hardly any public space, or ‘public good’ sense, in the internet system’.

Scientists are bemoaning a loss of trust in expertise but spare a thought for the lowly journalist. Surveys show trust in science has not plummeted. I(...)

‘We are also taking a chance and thus are open to the possibility of betrayal. There is a leap of faith in trust.’

The use of social media to access knowledge has contributed to a lack of trust in experts, according to a Dublin-based astrophysicist and philosopher (...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

‘Philosophical realists attribute the persistence of disagreement to ignorance and/or verbal misunderstanding’

Democratic debate can be angry and rude. Disagreement is inevitable, and sometimes intractable, where protagonists refuse to bend to any reasoning tha(...)