Saturday, September 11, 2021
Like other academics, I first became aware of John Ioannidis through his influential 2005 paper That essay was widely praised as a salutary reminder from one scientist to his fellows of the need for their field to be self-critical. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Ioannidis would become far more widely known, this time for expressing skepticism about some of the scientific claims being made about the virus and the measures taken to deal with it. His warnings were in the same spirit as that of his earlier work, and presented in the same measured and reasonable manner – but this time . In , Ioannidis reflects on the damage that has been done to the norms of scientific research as politics has corrupted it during the pandemic.