What's the denominator? A lesson on risk

Michael J. Dougherty, Joseph D. Mcinerney

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Ultimately, risk analysis is related to values, but citizens can make the best decisions only when their personal and social perspectives are informed by accurate data and thoughtful analysis. Society should care about rational risk evaluation because many public health and safety initiatives are prompted by public perception and outcry. Some of these are unnecessary and ineffective. Conversely, potential initiatives that might yield tangible benefits may be overlooked, leading to needless suffering and expense.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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