[ RadSafe ] LNT Dogma?

Tue Aug 18 15:35:30 CDT 2015

The best summation of LNT that I've heard was from a strong LNT proponent (sorry - can't remember his name at the moment). In a discussion after some presentations he said "LNT is almost certainly wrong, but it makes the book-keeping easy."

According to the final arbiter of all knowledge (Wikipedia) "Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system's paradigm, or the ideology itself."

LNT is not scientific dogma, but it has effectively become dogma for the ALARA philosophy, and near-dogma for regulatory, national, and international advisory bodies. And I would say that it is certainly dogma for all of the anti-nuclear and anti-radiation groups.


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From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Franz Schönhofer
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] LNT Dogma?


Anybody really knows, what a "Dogma" is? Look it up on Google. LNT does not fit to this definition. Especially LNT is lively debated and not taken for granted by many scientists. Therefore it cannot be called a Dogma. However having been a lawmaker I confess, that the concept of LNT has its great advantage!!!!! Now load your guns, fill your flaming devices- I`ll be able to stand it and anyway I am used to flaming. Compared to Austrian ministery intrigues this is a "sweet nothing"!

Best regards!


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