Intentionally missing the point

Source: The Morrisburg News . The advocates for the Energy East pipeline are, in my opinion, acting unethically because they're try...

Source: The Morrisburg News.
The advocates for the Energy East pipeline are, in my opinion, acting unethically because they're trying to sway public opinion in their favour by means that are not authentic.

Evidence-based policy-making is the best known way to make policy. But it's not enough to depend on evidence, even if the evidence were fully recognized by all participants.  The agents who develop evidence - discover, measure, and communicate it - are biased by their value system.  Beyond that, policy-making itself has its own biases independent of the nature and quality of the evidence used.

Biases are unavoidable, but they can be described and evaluated, at least comparatively, to minimize the harmful impacts they can have on decisions (i.e. policy-making). What's more, the value system that underlies the biases - which is often at least partly tacit - can be made more visible by thinking dispassionately about the biases that they lead to.

But that's not happening.  And yes, TransCanada, I'm looking at you.

Sure; Greenpeace and other environmental organizations are biased too.  But (a) their biases are much more evident (i.e., less hidden/disguised/veiled), and (b) their actions are much more consistent with maximizing the equal distribution of well-being across the broadest range of humanity.

TransCanada, and PR firms like Edelman, on the other hand, are not as forthcoming with their true motives and underlying biases.  This is immediately evident from their desire to convince the public in ways that play into the public's own biases without considering the long term and global consequences of their actions.  That is, the only ways that these participants could be advocating as they are for the Eastern Energy pipeline are (a) they are truly ignorant of their own biases and value systems, or (b) they know and understand the long term consequences but are ignoring them in favour of their own values. I honestly cannot see another alternative.

Unfortunately for them, neither alternative paints them in a good light.  And given that organizations like TransCanada and Edelman clearly have the capacity and means to understand their own biases and values, then option (b) is the only reasonable choice.  Thus, they are acting neither authentically nor ethically.

This is not to say, however, that the Energy East project is definitively harmful, especially from the point of view of the public at large. The evidence available to the public is so clearly poisoned by bias and unethical practice that I cannot see how the average participant/citizen can possibly decide the matter.

Since having no good evidence is just as harmful to policy-making as having no evidence at all, the only reasonable decision is to abandon the Energy East project, at least until such time as these issues of bias and values are resolved.



academia activism adaptation admin aesthetics affect ageing AI analogy android anthropology anticipation app architecture art arts Asia assistive technology automobile balance biology biomimetics book branding building built environment business CAD Canada care case cfp change revision children codesign cognition collaboration colonization commercialization commonplacing communication design competition complexity computation computer science computing concept map conference constructivism conversational analysis craft creative arts creativity CSCW culture cybernetics degrowth dementia design design thinking digital digital media digital reproduction digital scholarship disability dissertation drawing economics education effectiveness efficiency emotion engineering environment ergonomics ethics ethnography Evernote evolution exhibition exoskeleton experience experimental studies fail fashion featured film food function modeling futurism gender studies Germany globalization grantsmanship graphic design Greece HCI health heritage history housing human factors humanism identity image inclusivity industrial design informatics information innovation interaction interdisciplinarity interior design internet of things intervention iphone journal journalism language law library life life cycle lifehack literature review logistics luxury making management manufacturing material culture materials mechanics media method migration mobile motion design movie nature new product development Nexus 6 olfaction online open design organization packaging paper participatory design PBL pengate performance PhD philosophy planning policy politics practice predatory preservation prison proceedings productivity project management public space publishing reading Remember The Milk reproduction research resource-limited design reuse review Samsung scholarship science science fiction semiotics senses service design simplicity society sociology software space strategic design student sustainability systems tactile tangibility technology textile theatre theory Toodledo Toronto tourism traffic transhumanism transnationalism transportation tv uncertainty universal design urban usa usability user experience visualization wearable well-being women workshop writing
The Trouble with Normal...: Intentionally missing the point
Intentionally missing the point
The Trouble with Normal...
Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy