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Jean Goodwin

Proceedings Title

Between Scientists & Citizens

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The paper explores how non-experts can assess whether a policy-relevant technical or scientific issue is subject of a genuine controversy amongst experts or not. A criteria-based approach is suggested. While a number of criteria are introduced, the focus is on the expertise that one needs to employ the criteria appropriately. It is suggested that this expertise, which is called ‘sociological discrimination’ and which refers to an understanding of the nature of science, is an essential prerequisite for making adequate authenticity judgements.

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https://doi.org/10.31274/sciencecommunication-180809-90

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Expertise and Inauthentic Scientific Controversies: What You Need to Know to Judge the Authenticity of Policy-Relevant Scientific Controversies

The paper explores how non-experts can assess whether a policy-relevant technical or scientific issue is subject of a genuine controversy amongst experts or not. A criteria-based approach is suggested. While a number of criteria are introduced, the focus is on the expertise that one needs to employ the criteria appropriately. It is suggested that this expertise, which is called ‘sociological discrimination’ and which refers to an understanding of the nature of science, is an essential prerequisite for making adequate authenticity judgements.

 

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