Friday, October 7, 2011

Agree to disagree

Daniel Sarewitz argued that we need a transparent model "Agree to disagree" to replace the conventional decision-making support model of consensus report (Nature).

"The very idea that science best expresses its authority through consensus statements is at odds with a vibrant scientific enterprise. Consensus is for textbooks; real science depends for its progress on continual challenges to the current state of always-imperfect knowledge."

"The commitment to consensus therefore comes at a high price: the elimination of proposals and alternatives that might be valuable for decision-makers dealing with complex problems."

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