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There is certainly a place for consensus conferences as they can play an important role in identifying potential social issues early in the development of a technology. But it is interesting to think of them as just one tool in a larger toolkit that can generate productive discussion for building a better future.
I’m on the train leaving Arc-et-Senans, heading back to Paris to fly home .... There is certainly a lot to read and do and talk about. Among other topics, the IHEST affiliates are deeply involved with questions of public involvement in sociotechnical controversies, even more than I expected.
Until fairly recently, many considered technocracy as much a part of French culture as pan au chocolat and café au lait. I had one each of the latter at the train station in Paris this morning, on my way to the Saline Royale, in the countryside between Dijon and Lausanne.... The first talk this afternoon, by Jacques Bouveresse, a philosophy of science professor at the prestigious College de France, consisted of an extended discussion of Bertrand Russell’s views on science and democracy.
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