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Should scientists communicate uncertainty to the public in health controversies? The case of endocrine disrupters' effects on male fertility

Abstract : Uncertain knowledge must be communicated to the public, as environmental problems can potentially reach many people. Uncertainty communication is assumed by some to increase public trust in science and policy-makers, by others to produce public panic. We have used focus groups for getting insights about this assumption and more generally about peoples' attitudes following uncertainty communication, for the controversy on the effects of endocrine disrupters (EDs) on human male fertility.
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Laura Maxim, Martine Cadot, Pascale Mansier. Should scientists communicate uncertainty to the public in health controversies? The case of endocrine disrupters' effects on male fertility. GPSSA Conference (Great Plains society for the study of arGumentation): Between Scientists & Citizens: Assessing Expertise In Policy Controversies - 2012, Jun 2012, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, United States. pp.263-274. ⟨hal-00701749⟩

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