Our age has come to worship science but despise its methods. Power obviates fact.

That conclusion follows from reading Austin Ruse’s Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data (2017).

For example, with respect to sexuality, does biology prevail? Or does it wax and wane in importance according to the social needs proclaimed by lobbies? Many gay rights activists claim that homosexuality is biologically determined. The claim is doubtful, in part because homosexual practices can often depend on culture, as in the case of prison culture or party boys, and are not a demonstration of fixed necessity or even preference. And female attractions to other women are not necessarily inconsistent with being married to a man and having children by him. These well-known facts are documented in a number of the studies Ruse cites.

One outcome of this gay gene/transgender brain war with evidence is that gay activists seek to ban therapy to change unwanted homosexual attractions. Would they also ban therapy to increase such attractions? For example, what about the bisexual who would genuinely prefer to just be gay?

Taking the exact opposite tack, transgender lobbyists claim that a person can belong to the other “gender” irrespective of obvious sexual biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy, due to a gender concept that exists only in that individual’s mind. Which is all the odder when we consider that most neuroscientists hold that the mind does not exist apart from the brain. But that fact is seldom raised as an objection to transgender claims.

Who is right? The answer, unfortunately, is that all of them are right. That is, the power of the sexuality lobbies to enforce their wishes becomes their right to do so, even if their claims contradict both evidence and each other.

[And they can’t and won’t stop there. That kind of power feeds on itself to grow.] More.

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  • Sharkibark

    The problem is ideological science, where the outcome is first presumed as truth, then proven rather than the other way around. I’m not a man – but can I identify as one without proof? Sure! How about a 65 year old man – I’m not 65 biologically but I identify as one. Okay! Why not a 65 year old teacher? I’ve never been male, 65 or a teacher, but I identify as one. Where’s my frickin’ pension???? Uhhhhmmm….

  • It is intellectual conceit. If leftists can sound clever without having to be clever (SEE: reality, inability to accept), they believe that their arguments are solid and unimpeachable.

  • Ed

    They told us being gay was an immutable characteristic. You didn’t chose it. It’s who you were. But you can choose your gender?

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    All these different varieties of perverts need therapy not parades and everybody telling them their perversions are wonderful.