January 18, 2013

Time to Hold Nuclear Fear Mongers Accountable

David Ropeik, Big Think


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Humans are blessed, and cursed, with a risk perception system that mostly gets things right, but sometimes creates what I call a Risk Perception Gap, when we worry more than the evidence warrants, or less than the evidence warns. Such seemingly irrational fears, which produce all sorts of very real harms all by themselves, are the product of the inherently emotional and instinctive nature our risk perception system.

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TAGGED: Environmentalism, Alarmism, Radiation, Fukushima, Nuclear Power