Thursday, March 10, 2011

Correlation is not causation

Bering in Mind: Natural homophobes? Evolutionary psychology and antigay attitudes:

"Gallup points to data showing that boys whose first masturbation experiences are around other boys are more likely to be homosexual as adults than are those who are alone."

Or, boys who later turn out to be gay found that they liked to masturbate in the presence of other boys.

See how that works? I hope that Bering was massively simplifying Gallup because otherwise Gallup was committing a pretty basic logical fallacy.

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