Dick van Lente to speak on ‘Radiation and Consciousness: Neo-Materialistic Approach to the Study of Radiation in Dutch Society’
The Cold War introduced a new reality in the material world - ionizing radiation, which was poorly understood by the society and caused great fear. After events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was clear that the radiation was a threat. A few years later, stories about illnesses of nurses and researchers who worked with radioactive materials strengthened this fear. Such stories were covered in the popular press in many countries: the media reported on the mysteries, fears and human dramas related to these situations.
The general public had to rely on expert explanations in order to better understand this phenomenon and receive recommendations on how to protect themselves. Meanwhile, experts provided a broad range of both reassuring and concerning answers.
During the speech, Dr. Dick van Lente will talk about this new invisible powerful phenomenon, how it has become materially visible to the society, what impact it could have had on the perception of the material environment by a general public during the Cold War, scientific explanations of this environment, and new technologies influence.
When: on 16th December at 18:30
Where: Room 401, 123 Kanala Griboedova Embankment, St. Petersburg