Chapter 3 of Being With and Saying Goodbye sets out my view of how an impoverished notion of “evidence” erodes mental healthcare in particular, but consider the following:
1) Daniel Barenboim says, of playing music, that it results in “a wonderful combination of more knowledge and nothing materially there to show for it”.
2) Grayson Perry says, in the introduction to his televised series of culturally embedded artworks, “I am going to find the truth…”
And imagine my excitement when a friend pointed me towards a book called The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development
I now envisage a seminar attended by people from healthcare, therapy, qualitative and quantitative research, ethics, philosophy, music and the arts, as well as International Development (which, after all, is not so very far removed from Child Development).