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Radiation and irrational fear: a psychological perspective

Scientists often think of science as an objective reality. This ignores the issues of public perceptions of that science, and leads to a divide of views between some scientists in that area and the wider public. This particularly appears to be true in areas where fear is used as a psychological weapon by opponents of that particular science. Notable examples of this include waste incineration and nuclear power. This paper explores how irrational fear is used within the framework of more objective scientific argument to distort arguments.

Keywords: radiation, irrational fear, perspective, psychology

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