There are problems involving science and technology such as whether to running nuclear power plants and how to cope with global warming. Should science give answers to such questions? Are professional judgments absolute? There are always right answers in school science. There may exist no "right answers" science can provide in the real world, however. Evaluation of advanced technology and environmental assessments are examples of such problems with no right answers. How should citizens, administration, and legal professionals face with science and professional scientists to proactively judge social issues?

This symposium will clarify institutional problems with illustrations from courts where indeterminacy of science explicitly appears. Concurrent evidence (Justice McClellan) and classification of indeterminacy (incertitude) of science (Professor Stirling) will lead you to new ideas of social institutions to cope with advanced science and technology.


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