neutrality and objectivity in scientific information

cat looking at desk full of papers
The fireside sphinx / by Agnes Repplier (1901)

43rd chat, October 6 2015: neutrality and objectivity in scientific information
6pm Pacific / 7pm Mountain / 8pm Central  / 9pm Eastern

Moderated by @rorylitwin

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Discussion questions:

  • Q1. What might a #critlib stance on claims to scientific authority and objectivity in the vaccination debate be?
  • Q2. Anti-vaccination arguments cite pharmaceutical industry influence on science. What might a #critlib evaluation of this concern be?
  • Q3. Should potential public health outcomes influence the way we handle reference questions about vaccination, or is the patron’s autonomy the only consideration?
  • Q4. What does neutrality or non-neutrality mean in the context of reference questions about the vaccination debate? What about authority?