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Experts, Ethics, and Public Communication

After listening to Wednesday’s guest speaker began thinking about how the low-income home project relates to the DC and Flint water crisis. In comparison, I am concerned that experts are not completely open to the public until a disaster occurs. As in DC and Flint, the experts had knowledge about the hazards of lead drinking water but chose not to communicate the hazards and risks to the public. Since experts have knowledge about risks and hazardous conditions, I question the reasoning behind not informing the public. Should experts view retaining information about the scientific risks and hazards from the public a question of ethics?

If we learn anything about experts and ethics, I am not clear if expert understands the ethics of explaining hazards prior to a disaster. So if knowledge is power, then science retains power by know disclosing scientific hazards to the public.

It appears to me that scientific experts have knowledge that can prevent most scientific problems in the public domain. So, without the knowledge of scientific risks and hazards, science experts remain in power over a submissive society.

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