When people say for example – The MMR vaccine is safe – we hope that science is always right. However, the basis of science is that things can never be proven with absolute complete certainity. No experiment or even thousands of experiments ever prove anything with absolute certainity. A certain experiment(s) only show the most probable outcome or truth with a particular degree of certainity. Therefore science is probably right but there is always a very very small chance it is not. Should we not except this in society a little more? People lose faith in science when results change or new results are discovered – but in fact that is simply the nature of discovery.
Jennifer Mitchell from Dorset (Age 25-34)
Lee-Ann Coleman from the British Library gives her response in the format of video clips hosted on YouTube – go to http://www.youtube.com/user/BritishAssociation
More about the British Library –
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The Library’s collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation.
Lee-Ann Coleman joined the British Library in 2007 to take up the post of Head of Scientific, Technical and Medical Information. For ten years prior to that, she worked in science policy and administration, and gained experience in the funding, university and medical research charity sectors.
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