“God is a Brazilian” – risk perception in Brazil

John Adams of Imperial College London produced  a new preface for the Brazilian translation of his important  book Risk. His very interesting analysis of the social construction of risk is strongly informed by Grid-group cultural theory: “I have been increasingly impressed by the ability of cultural theory to bring a modicum of order and civility … Continue reading “God is a Brazilian” – risk perception in Brazil

That was the Y2K that wasn’t

  ‘No planes fell from the sky, but a lot happened to keep them from doing so’. http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/y2k/notebook.html   This is a common view of the Y2K bug among software engineers and IT professionals in Anglo-American societies. For them it may be true that their hard work saved civilization from digitally-challenged-date Armageddon, but everywhere else … Continue reading That was the Y2K that wasn’t

When all that unites us is our fear

At New Statesman magazine, Hugh Aldersley-Williams quotes Mary Douglas and Aaron Wildavsky's Risk and Culture, "people select their awareness of certain dangers to conform with a specific way of life". He worries that we may reach a state in which "all we have in common is our fears". Actually, it's very unlikely we'll reach a … Continue reading When all that unites us is our fear