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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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Learning about Conspiracy Theories

Learning about Conspiracy Theories

Experiences in Science and Risk Communication with the Public about the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them

Jay T. Cullen

Oxford University Press

The triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor meltdowns that struck Japan in March 2011 led to the release of massive amounts of radioactive isotopes into the environment. My research and that of other professionals in the international scientific community demonstrates that the short- and long-term impacts of these releases on environmental and human health will be difficult to detect. Most of the public response to my work on the Fukushima disaster has been positive. However, a vocal minority, enamored of conspiracy theories, responded with personal threats, accusations of scientific fraud, and attacks on my professional and personal integrity.

Keywords:   Fukushima, nuclear, science, ionizing radiation, risk communication

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