Technology and Non-Evident Risk – A Contribution to Prevention
Introduction ‘The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to culti- vate and care for it’ Genesis 2, 15 According to the general proceedings of the advancement of knowledge, the problems, phenomena or events described in this book are framed within disciplines. When only one discipline is not enough to solve a given problem, many disciplines are used in what we call a multidisci- pline. But when all the disciplines at hand cannot break the problem apart to reassemble it like a puzzle we talk about a transdiscipline, thus leading to the creation of a new discipline. In other words, the nature of the problem leads to the development of a transdiscipline, i.e., a lan- guage which can be understood by all the parties who are trying to solve it. The answers are not broken apart any longer but connected. This means that when a new phenomenon presents itself or is detected, what can happen is that after making the effort of framing it, the problem – which is relatively new or not very much studied – cannot be completely clarified by the existing disciplines, thus leaving still a void in the resid- ual knowledge. If such phenomenon is important enough so that it needs further clarifying in spite of, a new discipline must be sketched out – that is to say, a new way of clarifying the phenomenon must be created. This must be the last resource, when there’s no possible solution through pre- vious...
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