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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Via Memepool, source of the next couple of bits of nonsense.
"So Professor Robert Spitzer was expecting a certain amount of flak when his study of 200 homosexuals claimed last week that most of them had experienced a change in their sexuality through therapy. “I guess there’s something in me that is drawn to controversy,” he says.
Gay organisations duly obliged him. Stonewall condemned the research as dangerous nonsense. “There’s no evidence gay people can be ‘cured’ as if it’s some kind of illness,” said a spokesman. Peter Tatchell of OutRage! observed acutely: “It would be interesting to see research on whether straight people can be made to be gay.”"
Is this not proof positive that Tatchell's a liability to his cause? Surely one of the prime arguments used by Stonewall and OutRage! against Section 28, the law that prevented the "teaching of homosexuality" and so (apparently) aspects of sex-ed in schools, surely one of the arguments was people just ARE gay or straight.
I.e. it can't be taught/learnt/brought about through therapy, etc.
And, indeed, this plays a serious role in claims for tolerance - if God makes people gay, where's the problem?
So - if you did research that showed straight people can be made to be gay, as Tatchell claims, and it turned out to be true*, then surely this would a) bring back Section 28 with a vengance, b) increase discrimination against gay people (if it can be taught, it's practically catching), and c) possibly encourage the "therapy for homosexuality" crowd.
All seems like bad news for the gay rights cause, even if it were true* and unremarkable. So perhaps not the best thing to say?
* then it would be an unremarkable finding about the malleability (within limits) of the human condition, and of how much of sexual practice is socially conditioned....
"From Mr Anselm Kuhn
Sir, Scientists everywhere will be delighted at the well-deserved award of a Nobel prize to the British physicist, Anthony Leggett. Though his work is known and admired by his peers, Leggett has another unusual achievement to his credit.
As an Oxford undergraduate, at Balliol, he obtained a First in Greats. Spurred on, perhaps, by the dictum, well-known at Oxford, “the Greats man can turn his mind to anything”, an experiment was set up by the college in which he and one or two others agreed to take part. Was it possible to convert a classicist, with minimal maths or science qualifications, into a physicist? In Leggett’s case at least, we have the answer. Greats men, too, will find reason to rejoice at his achievement.
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Monday, October 13, 2003
"Please have a go by sending in your answers to these four questions: a) which nation will win? b) first tie-breaker, which nation will be the other finalist? c) second tie-breaker, what will be the points margin between them in the final? d) third tie-breaker, who will the other two semi-finalists be?"
Cash prizes are involved, I hear.
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