Myths, symbols, society and nuclear energy
by André Maïsseu
International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology (IJNGEE), Vol. 3, No. 4, 2012

Abstract: Today, can we really ascertain whether Humanity has effectively derived more good than evil from the discovery of radioactivity a century ago? The answer hinges on the judgement that we and our fellow-citizens make about the impact of the applications of nuclear physics, by reference to a number of fundamental values: the concern to preserve our planet, its inhabitants and its environment; the need to avoid the risk of conflicts; and the guideline of the development of all peoples. At the collective level, an ethic must enable every social group, every nation and, perhaps, humanity, to form a community of behaviours. This places us at the very heart of the nuclear debate.

Online publication date: Wed, 01-May-2013

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