Politically Charged Research

By Richard Nelson

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September 20, 2018

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When research is done we want science to lead the way. Trials and tests should lead to conclusions. But at Brown University researchers landed themselves in hot water when a particular research topic touched a nerve and led to them squelching their findings. The topic: gender dysphoria. Brown University nixed a press release regarding gender dysphoria in adolescents. The study suggested it could be a social contagion. Researchers found evidence that, "like eating disorders and drug use, sudden transgender identification, called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” can be a “maladaptive coping mechanism” linked to social interaction and increased internet usage. This study would have been helpful for a society struggling to find answers for the increase in gender dysphoria but transgender activists shut it down. Which reminds us that research shouldn't be influenced by public opinion.

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