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Technology and Non-Evident Risk – A Contribution to Prevention

Guillermo Miguel Eguiazu and Alberto Motta

This book deals with the prevention of potential non-evident risks on human health associated with technology which encloses the general knowledge of developing processes used to achieve either goods or services. The voids in technological knowledge used in the development of new technologies are responsible for hidden defects in the same. The authors suggest that hidden defects in technologies are accountable for hazards in generations of environmental factors that they call technopathogens. These factors can cause adverse effects to human health which are expressed not immediately but over years or even generations. This phenomenon is defined as technopathogeny. Since technopathogeny cannot be framed within existing disciplines related to the phenomenon such as risk assessment, risk management, technology assessment, technological genesis, environmental impact assessment, life cycle assessment or ecology, the authors coin a new term for this specific discipline called Technopathogenology.


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CHAPTER IV – Technopathogenology and its impact on society


CHAPTER IV Technopathogenology and its impact on society ‘Science in the service of humankind’ In this Chapter we include eight readings we consider of interest because they belong to different areas of Society (Science, Economy, Education, Consumers) where Technopathogenology can contribute to the preven- tion of Technopathogenies. This includes: I. Technopathogenology and the Cultural Clash in the Scientific system II. Technopathogenology and Protection to Consumers III. Technopathogenology and its Economic Implication IV. Technopathogenology and new Quality Criteria V. Technopathogenology and Education. VI. Technopathogenology and its Contribution towards a Stricter Regulation in the International Commerce of Hazardous Sub- stances. The Case of Pesticides. VII. Avoiding War and Technopathogenic Risk as a Global Re- sponsibility – Two Initiatives with one Goal in Common: The Protection of Humans. VIII. Technopathogenology and the need of an ethical objector in Science and Technique. The fact that a discipline can include in its internal logic readings and knowledge coming from such diverse fields but with one common ele- ment – Technopathogenological risk – further supports the enormous need of the existence of a consolidated science to study such phenome- non. Without such unifying science, all the knowledge would be scat- tered. It would be a collection of apparently unconnected knowledge. 380 I. Technopathogenology and the cultural clash in the scientific system ‘In good Science ignorance and errors can be expected. In bad Science, even lies are found’ Alberto Motta Difficulties of intercultural communication in Science and Technique and its consequences on scientific progress – Technopathogenological consequences Creation is a disturbing...

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