In October 2009, Professor David Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), expressed an opinion contrary to that of the government of the time. What compelled the then Home Secretary Alan Johnson to sack Professor David Nutt over this? Why did scientists get so frustrated when Professor David Nutt was dismissed? This event raises many issues about decision-making in science and technology.
In modern life, many decisions require scientific and technological knowledge. These include macro-decisions, such as whether to ban certain drugs, approve new medicines, build nuclear power-plants, and so on. There are also micro-decisions such as which medical treatment to provide to each patient, and home hygiene. Read more »