Paper on changing peoples' minds about marriage equality retracted


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#2

TAL suggested the research results could also be used for right-wing (i.e nefarious) purposes. For example, instead of sending around a woman who’s had an abortion to talk with people about why it was the right choice for her, sending around a woman who had an abortion and talking about regretting it… Or as I immediately thought, sending around women to lie about having had an abortion and claiming to be filled with regret.


#3

I still believe in face to face empathy. Maybe not a stranger going door to door, but we certainly see people change when the situation is involving their children.


#4

Yay, science! Even when it makes mistakes, it corrects itself.


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Couldn’t that scenario just as easily go the other way, though? Sending around a woman to lie about having had an abortion and why it was the right choice for her?

Or sending around anyone about any cause and have them tell a fictitious personal story? If you’re trying to effect change on a particular issue through the kind of canvassing described in TAL, you just need to convince the person who answers their door that what you’re sharing is the truth.


#6

Compare that with a thoroughly discredited paper that claimed gay parents were worse than heterosexual parents whose author continues to defend his conclusions.

And I’ll repeat my own purely unscientific observation: I’ve heard numerous cases of people who opposed same-sex marriage coming to accept it and even support it. I’ve never heard a single case of someone who was for same-sex marriage changing their mind. There must be cases, but for the most part the movement on this issue appears to be one way.


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I had to ignore my gut when I listened to that podcast. Once again, gut was right.


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