Culture, Emotions and Risky Technologies: Workshop and Book Launch

Provisional program

09.30-10:00 Registration, coffee/tea

10:00-12:00 Workshop with Dan Kahan (Yale)

Dan Kahan will give a presentation about the following (downloadable) paper that we will have ample time to discuss:
Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus
Why do members of the public disagree – sharply and persistently – about facts on which expert scientists largely agree? We designed a study to test a distinctive explanation: the cultural cognition of scientific consensus. The “cultural cognition of risk” refers to the tendency of individuals to form risk perceptions that are congenial to their values. The study presents both correlational and experimental evidence confirming that cultural cognition shapes individuals’ beliefs about the existence of scientific consensus, and the process by which they form such beliefs, relating to climate change, the disposal of nuclear wastes, and the effect of permitting concealed possession of handguns. The implications of this dynamic for science communication and public policy-making are discussed.

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-18:00 Book Launch

Emotions and Risky Technologies
Foreword by Robert Solomon. Contributions by: Cass Sunstein, Ronald de Sousa, Paul Slovic, Ross Buck and Whitney A. Davis, Dylan Evans, Sabine Döring and Fritz Feger, Robert C. Roberts, Peter Goldie, Simone van der Burg, Dan Kahan, Dieter Birnbacher, Felicitas Krämer, Mark Coeckelbergh, Sabine Roeser. available online here
“Are emotions sources of valid intuition about risks, windows onto deep values that policy makers need to take into account? Or are emotions an erratic, biasing, influence on decision making that that policy makers should ignore? Reading this book may not bring you to a definitive answer, but it will expose you to informed, often diametrically opposed, perspectives by leading authorities on emotion, risk and public policy. In one definitive volume, this book presents a remarkable compilation of eloquent wisdom on a topic that keeps growing in importance as environmental and technological risks proliferate.”
Prof.dr. George Loewenstein, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

13.30-14 coffee/tea
14-14.15 opening by Sabine Roeser (TU Delft): ‘The book Emotions and Risky Technologies’
14.15-14.45 Dan Kahan (Yale University): ‘Competing Conceptions of Emotion in Risk Regulation’
14.45-15 discussion
15-15.30 Rafaela Hillerbrand (RWTH Aachen): ‘Limits of Technical Risk Assessment as a Challenge for Emotions’
15.30-15.45 discussion
15.45-16 tea/coffee
16-16.30 Sabine Roeser (TU Delft): ‘Public Risk Perceptions and the Legitimacy of Emotions’
16.30-17.00 general discussion
17-18 reception

Participation is free, including lunch, drinks, snacks etc. If you would like to attend the event, please send an email to Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar:
If you only wish to attend a part of the event (morning or afternoon session), please let us know in advance because of the catering.

Organizer: Sabine Roeser