Nanotechnology and the Public: Risk Perception and Risk by Susanna Hornig Priest

By Susanna Hornig Priest

From nuclear strength to gene remedy to the car, heritage exhibits that it's necessary to motivate and facilitate public dialogue approximately new applied sciences and their capability hazards. a part of the sequence Perspectives in Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology and the general public: probability notion and danger verbal exchange assesses effects from concentration teams, interviews, and different assets to supply a extra nuanced realizing of ways non-experts understand nanotechnology and what they count on from it.

Includes a chain of distinct essays by way of social scientists and arts students who've studied nanotechnology and society from diverse perspectives

Assessing how "ordinary" humans shape evaluations approximately new applied sciences and their adoption, this booklet addresses the position of media messages and pre-existing values during this procedure, in addition to how hazards can turn into both amplified or weakened alongside the best way because of social mechanisms. utilizing strong idea and examine to again offered techniques on chance conception and conversation, the writer discusses the potential of utilizing expert consent, labels, and different different types of client warnings that experience proved to be powerful in components except nano.

An in-depth research into the idea that of mass verbal exchange practices, this ebook explores the ambiguity of why, regardless of its allure and promise, public engagement has had in simple terms restricted good fortune within the discussion on nanotechnology. geared toward discovering ideas, the book’s ensuing conclusions are thought of within the context of broader concerns. those contain how society makes up its collective brain approximately expertise adoption and the entire profound questions this increases, by way of democratic theory.

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Some observers feared that early fictional portrayals such as Michael Crichton’s novel Prey (2002), which depicted robotic nano-insects gone wild, or concerns about tiny selfreplicating nanomachines turning the universe into “grey goo” (voiced by the United Kingdom’s Prince Charles among others) (Radford, 2003) would terrify a public ignorant of nanoscience. But this did not actually 28 Nanotechnology and the Public happen, or at least has not happened yet. ) Instead, as evidence is building that some nanotechnology, under some circumstances, might possibly prove harmful to humans, animals, or ecosystems, and as it becomes increasingly apparent that existing regulatory systems may not be responding very quickly to these possibilities, a new picture emerges.

From lead abatement officers, to lobbyists, to journalists, communicators that concern themselves with communicating about physical hazards are in a unique position, bridging the physical and social worlds and facilitating how we as a society manage hazards and threats. H. L. Kreps, S. Samoilenko, and K. Farnsworth. 2009. Risk communication education for local emergency managers: using the CAUSE Model for research, education, and outreach. In Handbook of Crisis and Risk Communication. Eds. L. D.

As a society that values science, the technocratic approach may be hailed above human values as the 35 36 Nanotechnology and the Public proper way to approach our world. Public interest is often defined as valuing safety and security over personal liberties. The pejorative definition of risk communication as the practice of gaining compliance is not without merit. Case study after case study points to situations where public interests were not served and science was used as a tool to justify enacted responses when public acceptance was not achieved.

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