Does Anyone Use Data before Taking a Position?

26 Jun

“We like to think of ourselves as rational creatures with a healthy respect for facts and logic and science. And yet when it comes to the most controversial questions of public policy — gun ownership, abortion, church-state separation, waterboarding, illegal immigration, you name it — does anybody start with the data and only then decide where to stand? Most of us move in the other direction.”

 This is from a column by Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe columnist, in a piece titled “Forget the Research; Our Minds Are Made Up”.

 The full column can be found at

 The column really zeroes in on the argument about whether or not children raised by same-sex partners have different ultimate life outcomes than children raised in traditional man-woman partners.


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