One of the things that Brand mentions a lot in that book is the amount of fear that is generated by people that don’t actually know what they’re talking about. He specifically talks about how the environmental movement has scared people beyond the point where they can talk rationally about important issues, such as Nuclear Power and Genetically Modified Food. See the image below, which is a screenshot from my Kindle highlights.
However, when you ask the experts about these options they’re not the ones that are scared. Nuclear experts the world over have spent lifetimes understanding nuclear power and have a good weighting of the risks involved. They’re not the ones that are concerned about nuclear power. Biologists are the same with regards to GMO foods. The people that know that most, are often the least concerned. Yet we continue to disregard their advice, because more of us share the same fears. We are sheep.