Why radiation is safe & all nations should embrace nuclear technology - Professor Wade Allison





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Published on Aug 18, 2014

An educational video made for Japanese audiences about radiation, radiation safety and the implied role of science in society.

Japanese version is here: http://youtu.be/MMiL-zyI4RU

Prof Allison is a member of SARI: Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information: http://radiationeffects.org/

This video was made in collaboration with group of like minded volunteers in Japan called SRI: http://s-radiation.info

This video was made by volunteers who donated their time in order to support education around radiation and its effects. No money exchanged hands, and no one involved works for or has any affiliations with environmental groups, energy industry or the government.

Prof Wade Allison is a retired physics professor at Oxford University. During his career he has researched nuclear particle physics, including work at the accelerator at CERN, and taught physics at undergraduate and post graduate level, including courses on the use of radiation in medicine.

Prof Allison's book on radiation aimed at the general public is here:

Below is an excerpt from the video that explains the context in more detail:

"In 2006, I wrote book called “Fundamental Physics for Probing and Imaging”. It is a text book.
As a result of writing that I became deeply concerned that the way radiation is looked at in medicine and in health is completely different level from the way it is looked at in the environment.
And this difference has caused pointless suffering at Chernobyl at that time.
So in 2009 I wrote another book, a popular book, designed for everyone to be able to read, called “Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear”.

In 2011 the Fukushima accident occurred and unfortunately the mistakes of Chernobyl that I had written about were repeated, and very shortly after that my book was translated and published in Japanese.

And I visited and lectured in Japan in 2011 and 2013.

I am doing this because I have a very encouraging message to give to Japan and lots of other people.

I am often asked why nobody else is giving that same kind of message.
But I am aware that many people know it is true, but are unable to say it.

Because I am retired and have no political or commercial associations
and because I am a nuclear and medical physicist, I am in a position to come to my own conclusions, not rely too much on others and am able to take things back to first principles.

What I have to say is based on my own knowledge, my summary of the situation.
As such they are quite unrelated to any view of the UK Government or any commercial operation.
I am a founder member of the international SARI Group of over 100 radiation professionals worldwide who are deeply concerned about the current misunderstanding and misuse of the science of nuclear radiation and so they do hold ideas very similar to mine."

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