20. Surprise - Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 11.15.07...

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Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 11.15.07 I) Surprise! 1) Characteristics a Surprise is the major characteristic of environmental, human, and human- environment relationships b Consensus pace, scale, and magnitude of environmental change should increase surprises c Surprises create winners and loser tend to trigger public outcry d Given these characteristics: (i) Policy-makers are especially concerned about the issue (ii) Yet the general public tends not to worry about it very much e Why? (i) Public and individual willingness to confront surprise is linked to underlying view of nature f “Nature is Robust” or “Nature is Robust Within Limits” (i) Tend not to worry g “Nature is Capricious” (i) To worry does not matter h “Nature is Fragile” (i) Only group to worry 2) Defining Surprise a Strictly defined, surprise is an “unknown” that cannot be anticipated b In this sense, there is no issue because nothing can be done c Review of what the public or policymakers label as “surprise,” however,
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course GEOG 180 taught by Professor Turner during the Fall '08 term at Clark University.

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20. Surprise - Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 11.15.07...

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