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We consider the consensus conference as a model for the incorporation of lay perspectives within the assessment of new sciences and technologies. A consensus is a forum in which a group of laypeople questions experts about a controversial scientific or technological subject, assesses the experts'...
The ability of Americans to make reasonable, logically consistent assessments about complex policy issues is a longstanding concern among elites and scholars, especially in view of the two most recent elections. Of particular concern, in view of American's low level of scientific literacy, is the...