Acting in an Uncertain World: An Essay on Technical by Michel Callon

By Michel Callon

Controversies over such matters as nuclear waste, genetically changed organisms, asbestos, tobacco, gene remedy, avian flu, and cellphone towers come up nearly day-by-day as fast clinical and technological advances create uncertainty and produce approximately unexpected issues. The authors of appearing in an doubtful global argue that political associations has to be accelerated and greater to control those controversies, to rework them into effective conversations, and to result in "technical democracy." They exhibit how "hybrid forums"—in which specialists, non-experts, usual electorate, and politicians come together—reveal the boundaries of conventional delegative democracies, during which judgements are made through quasi-professional politicians and techno-scientific info is the area of experts in laboratories. The department among execs and laypeople, the authors declare, is just superseded. The authors argue that laboratory examine can be complemented by way of daily experimentation pursued within the genuine global, and so they describe quite a few modes of cooperation among the 2. They discover various concrete examples of hybrid boards that experience handled sociotechnical controversies together with nuclear waste disposal in France, commercial waste and delivery defects in Japan, a formative years leukemia cluster in Woburn, Massachusetts, and Mad Cow illness within the uk. They speak about the results for political selection making in most cases, they usually describe a "dialogic" democracy that enriches conventional consultant democracy. To invent new systems for session and illustration, they recommend, is to give a contribution to an unending approach that's worthy for the continued democratization of democracy. within expertise sequence

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In law, the term ‘presumption’ designates induction from a known to a disputed fact. The corpse exists, and conjectures lead us to think that we have found the murderer, but we do not have the proof that assures us that he or she is the real culprit. In the controversies corresponding to this case, the phenomena are firmly established and no one challenges their existence. Sound observations enable one to back up the facts and qualify them by showing, for example, that thresholds have been crossed and developments confirm the observations: the number of deaths cannot be explained by random phenomena, and their number exceeds levels beyond which the tendency is irreversible.

It clearly draws all its strength from this seclusion; the site permits observations that are more direct, less disturbed, and less blurred by external interference than those of the naked eye or of an eye stuck to the eyepiece of an astronomical telescope. Imaging techniques involve maximum elimination of human intervention and the bias they might introduce into the tasks of observation. However, to the specialist, this seclusion still seems insufficient. Hence Emmanuel’s strange question, which he addresses to me, a poor sociologist who knows nothing of the sciences of the universe!

Talk of creating an ‘‘underground laboratory’’ defers the debate on the creation of storage centers. The learning pro- Hybrid Forums 33 voked by socio-technical controversies goes further. It is collective. As the following chapters will show, it allows laypersons to enter into the scientific and technical content of projects in order to propose solutions, and it leads the promoters to redefine their projects and to explore new lines of research able to integrate demands they had never considered.

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