Marcia C. LinnUniversity of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth A. DavisUniversity of Michigan

Philip BellUniversity of Washington

Too many citizens fear, ignore, or distrust science, yet current dilemmas, often spurred by new technologies, require an attentive and thoughtful citizenry. Policy issues such as nuclear power or cloning call for an informed public. Environmental stewardship depends on individuals who can assess relative risk and understand scientific trade-offs. Citizens prepared to deal with personal dilemmas, such as selecting treatments for diseases or making energy efficient housing decisions, and ready to interpret the plethora of persuasive scientific messages found in every medium from news advertisements to Internet ...

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