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Deceptive Science; The Problem with Risk Assessment

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

January 1, 2005

Abstract:

Riskl assessment is used as a bulldozer by industry and goverbment to shove unwanted projects and practises into commnunities; this brief essay reveals the fatal scientific flaws in risk assessment and suggests an alternative way to get risk information into decisions....

On reading 'Globalize Liberation'

Publication Date:

June 15, 2004

Abstract:

A letter from John Michael Greer to Patrick Reinsborough and John James Bell discussing the book Globalize Liberation (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2004), edited by David Solnit....

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On reading 'Globalize Liberation', (HTM, 49 KB)

Getting to Precaution, Getting to Justice

Authors:

Montague, Peter

Publication Date:

April 2, 2005

Abstract:

Notes for a talk to community activists in Atlanta, Ga....

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Getting to Precaution, Getting to Justice, (DOC, 48 KB)

Citizens Jury Handbook

Publication Date:

June 15, 2004

Abstract:

Detailed description of the Citizens Jury process for making decisions about complex problems....

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Citizens Jury Handbook, (PDF, 638 KB)

Town Meetings on Technology: Consensus Conferences

Publication Date:

June 15, 2004

Abstract:

Describes a decision-making technique developed and used in Denmark to involve ordinary citizens in making decisions about technical questions such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, nuclear power, etc....

The Delphi Technique: Myths and Realities

Publication Date:

November 15, 2003

Abstract:

Describes the use of the Delphi technique (and many of its variants) to improve communication and structure debate among a group of experts working on a problem with large unknowns and missing data. Delphi can sometimes be used as an alternative to quantitative risk assessment....

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The Delphi Technique: Myths and Realities, (PDF, 75 KB)

Quantitative Risk Assessment: Qualms and Questions

Authors:

Karstadt, Myra

Publication Date:

August 15, 1988

Abstract:

Early critique of quantitative risk assessment, including brief discussion of alternative ways of gaining insight into hazards and uncertainties forn the purpose of making good decisions....

Risk Assessment: The Perspective and Experience of U.S. Environmentalists

Publication Date:

June 15, 1993

Abstract:

Describes some of the shortcomings of quantitative risk assessment....

Go the Extra Mile -- Use the Delph Technique

Authors:

Beech, B.

Publication Date:

July 15, 1999

Abstract:

Describe the Delphi technique as a way to gain information that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to acquire. Delphi can sometimes be used an one alternative to quantitative risk assessment....

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Go the Extra Mile -- Use the Delph Technique, (PDF, 453 KB)

Democratic Participation: A Critical Element of Precautionary Public Health Decision-Making

Authors:

Tickner, Joel

Publication Date:

May 15, 2001

Abstract:

Describes various procedures for gathering information from "the public" (variously defined) for purposed of making good public health decisions....
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