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Communicating science’s inherent uncertainty and avoiding its use as a weapon during a crisis

Quoted: How science, and those who communicate it, deal with changing sets of facts is an important question in a pandemic. Uncertainty must be clearly demonstrated and explained — or used in bad faith, according to Richard Keller, a professor of science history at UW-Madison. 

“Scientists are comfortable with uncertainty — they don’t like it, they want to be certain  — but they recognize that you’ll never be completely certain,” Keller says. “There’s a degree of comfort with uncertainty the general public doesn’t have. We want to know what we should likely do, what we have to do.”