chapter  5
Judgment, Choice and Societal Risk Taking
WithPaul Slovic
Pages 14

Citizens of modern industrial societies are presently learning a harsh and discomforting lesson--that the benefits from technology must be paid for not only with money, but with environmental degradation, illness, injury and premature loss of life. Although people have some control over the level of technological risk to which they are exposed, reduction of risk typically entails increased expense, reduced freedom or effectiveness, or other reductions of benefit, thus posing serious dilemmas for society.