Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Commentary -- Room at the Bottom of Pandora's Box: Peril and Promise in Communicating Nanotechnology

Priest, Susanna Hornig

Journal Information:
Science Communication
Vol. 27, Num. 2


Priest reviews and critiques the articles included in Science Communication's December 2005 issue. She notes that Lee et. al. have made a new kind of contribution to the field in discussing trust and emotion together in the public understanding of science, while differing with them on the importance of a non-emotional response. She argues that giving more information to reasonable adults will not inevitably build greater trust in scientists, regulatory frameworks, or the government. She also says that Macnaughten, et. al., who desire to include social science in the early part of technology development, might add some specifics or some clarification to their bracing vision of "upstream engagement."