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  • When a group (the Clearinghouse) says things like:

    "Individuals who abstain from sexual activity are less likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease than individuals who do not."

    as if it somehow proves their point, it is hard to believe they're doing serious research.
    • Yeah, I noticed that. I also noticed that many of the rebuttal points they brought up started with "Individuals who abstain from sexual activity are ...", even though the study they attacked was talking about individuals who took an abstinence pledge. That's not the same thing, but I think the Abstinence Clearinghouse folks have no problem with sophistry.

  • About the agenda-to-push angle. The researchers probably do have their own idea about what the appropriate policy is. One hopes that they do not let that completely color their view of reality. But that is why good research publications include lots of the raw statistics, as well as interpretation, right?

    I think the distinction here is between scientists who at least pretend to be open to new ideas, on the one hand, and on the other hand people who have declared their own nonrational certainty about the