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Post-Normal Science in a German Landscape

Roger A. Pielke

Keywords: DECISION MAKING; ENERGY POLICY; GERMANY; IGNORANCE; POST-NORMAL SCIENCE; UNCERTAINTY

Abstract

This essay explores the management and creation of ignorance via an exploration of the landscape of eastern Germany, which has seen profound social, political, and technological changes over the past several decades. Like in many places around the world decision makers in eastern Germany are seeking to reach a future state where seemingly conflicting outcomes related to the economy and the environment are simultaneously realized. The management of ignorance is an important but often overlooked consideration in decision making that the concept of "post-normal science" places into our focus of attention.

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