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WHAT WE NEED NOW IS THE WISDOM OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
While scientists, particularly epidemiologists, have taken centre stage during the coronavirus outbreak, as the world tries desperately to see a way out of the crisis, it is the social scientists who will help rebuild societies, academics have told THE. Experts in these disciplines say they will be able to make sense of the impact on society and respond to the new challenges people face around the world. “Above all, the humanities and social sciences represent the wise side of human knowledge. Wisdom is more than technical expertise, and technical expertise alone will not help us repair the wounds in our common life that a great pandemic causes,” according to one historian. At the same time, economics experts say the discipline may come out of the Covid-19 crisis better than after the last financial crash because the knowledge it has developed will be vital to governments navigating the “trade-offs” involved in responding to a pandemic, we report.

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