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Contrasting Perceptions Of The Risks Of Using Nuclear Energy Sources In Space

Michael Maharik, B. Fischhoff
Published 1993 · Sociology

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Abstract An open-ended interview procedure was used to elicit beliefs regarding the risks created by the use of nuclear energy sources in space. Respondents selected from two organizations of peace and environmental activists and from several engineering associations were found to have generally similar levels of knowledge, despite having very different attitudes toward the technology. A third group, drawn from the general public, performed more poorly in most respects. The details of each group's beliefs provide clues regarding the factors shaping their attitudes and the ways to formulate effective risk communications.
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