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Note this comment from the Sci Am article:

 

Robert Epstein, emeritus director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., agrees that the study offers compelling evidence that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed characteristic. But he cautions that these findings may vary in different people whose sexual orientation is not that clear-cut, which his own research shows includes a majority of the population.

The study we're discussing doesn't generalize its findings to the entire population. And the findings support the possibility that the brains of those with no clear-cut sexual orientation will vary.

That's what I'm saying. :lol:

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Note this comment from the Sci Am article:

 

Robert Epstein, emeritus director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., agrees that the study offers compelling evidence that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed characteristic. But he cautions that these findings may vary in different people whose sexual orientation is not that clear-cut, which his own research shows includes a majority of the population.

The study we're discussing doesn't generalize its findings to the entire population. And the findings support the possibility that the brains of those with no clear-cut sexual orientation will vary.

That's what I'm saying. :lol:

I thought you viewed that as a limitation of the study.

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Note this comment from the Sci Am article:

 

Robert Epstein, emeritus director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., agrees that the study offers compelling evidence that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed characteristic. But he cautions that these findings may vary in different people whose sexual orientation is not that clear-cut, which his own research shows includes a majority of the population.

The study we're discussing doesn't generalize its findings to the entire population. And the findings support the possibility that the brains of those with no clear-cut sexual orientation will vary.

That's what I'm saying. :lol:

I thought you viewed that as a limitation of the study.

No, of course not. It's a limitation on what should be inferred from it.

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Note this comment from the Sci Am article:

 

Robert Epstein, emeritus director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., agrees that the study offers compelling evidence that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed characteristic. But he cautions that these findings may vary in different people whose sexual orientation is not that clear-cut, which his own research shows includes a majority of the population.

The study we're discussing doesn't generalize its findings to the entire population. And the findings support the possibility that the brains of those with no clear-cut sexual orientation will vary.

That's what I'm saying. :lol:

I thought you viewed that as a limitation of the study.

No, of course not. It's a limitation on what should be inferred from it.

Sorry, call me dense. What should not be inferred?

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Oooo, I say we do race next.. I hear white people have bigger brains then black people.. But a white man who is "undecided" has a similar brain to a Mexican hermaphrodite..

 

 

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I see they used the Kinsey Scale. And plugging "kinsey scale" into PubMed brings up a study in which gay men show greater fluctuating asymmetry (of ear breadth, ankle breadth, and/or the length of their second/fourth fingers) than straight men. No such correspondence was found for gay and straight women.

 

Whee.

 

I am at least mildly reassured to see that "Kinsey scale" gets a total of 5 hits on PM.

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Oooo, I say we do race next.. I hear white people have bigger brains then black people.. But a white man who is "undecided" has a similar brain to a Mexican hermaphrodite..

That's nothing. Almost everyone knows Zebras have brains three times the size of Striped Bass.

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I see they used the Kinsey Scale. And plugging "kinsey scale" into PubMed brings up a study in which gay men show greater fluctuating asymmetry (of ear breadth, ankle breadth, and/or the length of their second/fourth fingers) than straight men. No such correspondence was found for gay and straight women.

 

What does that mean?

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Note this comment from the Sci Am article:

 

Robert Epstein, emeritus director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies in Concord, Mass., agrees that the study offers compelling evidence that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed characteristic. But he cautions that these findings may vary in different people whose sexual orientation is not that clear-cut, which his own research shows includes a majority of the population.

The study we're discussing doesn't generalize its findings to the entire population. And the findings support the possibility that the brains of those with no clear-cut sexual orientation will vary.

That's what I'm saying. :lol:

I thought you viewed that as a limitation of the study.

No, of course not. It's a limitation on what should be inferred from it.

Sorry, call me dense. What should not be inferred?

 

See the Epstein comment I was referring to. ETA: I.e. what Epstein was "cautioning" about.

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