"Don't put Pedestrian Crossings in front of old age pensioner homes - after all, every fatality saves public money".
 
"Most publicly funded medical expense occurs during the last year of life - most of the expensive high-tech equipment is tied up for the least benefit".
 
How many more examples are needed to show that scientific rationalism/economic rationalism do not drive human decision making? Just as well.
 
What ethicists and quantitative risk assessors can do for us, is to make sure we see all the issues in risk assessment. But they do not provide solutions; nor can they make our decisions.
 
For over two decades, 'Issues Management Gurus' have provided the equivalent of 'ASX' financial assessments for predicting the probable public consequences of risky business; and sold these to government and the big end of town.
 
Welcome, Science Communicators; your tardis is yet to arrive from the 1950s. Who cares a damn if the earth goes around the sun?
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The communication of risk and hazard

Ben Selinger  

"Don't put Pedestrian Crossings in front of old age pensioner homes - after all, every fatality saves public money".
 
"Most publicly funded medical expense occurs during the last year of life - most of the expensive high-tech equipment is tied up for the least benefit".
 
How many more examples are needed to show that scientific rationalism/economic rationalism do not drive human decision making? Just as well.
 
What ethicists and quantitative risk assessors can do for us, is to make sure we see all the issues in risk assessment. But they do not provide solutions; nor can they make our decisions.
 
For over two decades, 'Issues Management Gurus' have provided the equivalent of 'ASX' financial assessments for predicting the probable public consequences of risky business; and sold these to government and the big end of town.
 
Welcome, Science Communicators; your tardis is yet to arrive from the 1950s. Who cares a damn if the earth goes around the sun?

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