Norecopa has described the principles of consensus in a Norwegian-language paper in the Norwegian Veterinary Journal: Konsensus om dyreforsøk - Norecopas rolle.

Consensus is dependent upon communication. Carol Newton, the author of the Three S's, was asked if she could help the two sides (the proponents and opponents of animal research) better understand each other. She replied:

…I think the new generation of biologists…is embarking on a more quantitative orientation towards research. Almost inevitably, this will imply that they will attempt to define their terms better. When one does define one’s terms better and more exactly, one does communicate better. My feeling is that we all really have the same intent. I believe that good communication is going to be one of the things that will bring us together. Intent, though, is a human virtue, not a virtue of the computer.

Reference:
Newton CM (1977): Biostatistical and biomedical methods in efficient animal experimentation. In: The Future of Animals, Cells, Models, and Systems in Research, Development, Education, and Testing 267-281, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., ISBN 0-309-02603-2

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