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David Ropeik

Author, Reporter, Consultant, Harvard

David Ropeik is an instructor in the environmental programme of the Harvard Extension School, and an author, consultant and public speaker who focuses on risk perception, communication and management. His latest book is How Risky Is it, Really? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts (2010). He lives near Boston, Massachusetts.

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The free-will scale

David Ropeik

The question assumes that we are conscious and in control of cognition…that once we are aware of an idea we can consciously apply it. but at the same time it assumes the opposite…that free will DOESN’T exist…that forces in the cognitive background are running the show. which is largely true. which is why the first reply above is most likely correct… society could not change, because as implied ‘society’ is not in control enough to make any changes.

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Fear of radiation is more dangerous than radiation itself

David Ropeik

As my background seems to be an issue, below is the complete list of organizations that have found value in the expertise I have developed, as a journalist, in the psychology of risk perception as it pertains to fear of radiation. Some of these organizations have paid me to speak or consult. Some haven’t. All were struggling with controversies spawned by high emotion about the scientific evidence regarding the actual risks of radiation and wanted to understand those emotions so they could interact with people who feel that way more respectfully and effectively. This list was provided to editors of the New York Times, for which I wrote Fear v Radiation, the Mismatch, in 21...

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Not so foolish

David Ropeik

Steven, Bravo. It is so important that we come to understand the limits to the false ideal of homo economicus rationality, and recognize the innately subjective and subconscious features of cognition. More importantly, we must humbly accept these realities, accept that we are homo naturalis - affective thinkers - not coldly objective purely fact-based analysts. That will, as Stankovich - and Kahneman and Haidt and many others in this field suggest - empower us to add these insights into our efforts to be the best thinkers and deciders we can be, as individuals and as a society.

For a fabulous and important reflection on a broader way of thinking about rationality,...

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