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  •  There are researchers committed to study (1+ / 0-)
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    of pedophilia with a premise that if we can ID the problem we can then cure it.

    Several noted researchers include: David E. Newton, Kurt Freund, A. Nicolas Groth, James Cantor, Gregory Herek, Joe Kort and more.

    A lot of research is focused on identification. We don't know the incidence rate of pedophiles in the population because,  some pedophils are sexually attracted to children, but never act on their attractions.

    Some research is on finding out if attraction to children is a sexual orientation which would be well, not good for finding an effective treatment.

    Some research is focused on neurological similarities of pedophile brain scans - which is where the "hard wired" ideas are currently coming from.

    This topic has a lot of research going on, but it is also subject to a fair amount of quackery promulgated by the likes of the Family Research Council.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

    by JDWolverton on Sat Jun 23, 2012 at 02:08:03 PM PDT

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      Pedophilia, to me, is not something you learn, or acquire a taste for (well, maybe a small percentage).

      Let me offer you something in a similar vein. John Heilman, one of the first openly gay politicians (Mayor, W. Hollywood CA), was a law professor of mine. I asked him what percentage in his opinion, of gay people were innately gay, he said 85%.

      Now, I'm not saying being gay is a disease, I'm saying we're prisoners of our own chemistry set which is our persona, for better or worse.

      Finally, I'm with those who read Sandusky's demeanor as expecting the verdict. The lack of emotion was something to me as a validation of the charges brought against him.

      In the future, we will be able to pinpoint where in the brain such deviate behavior occurs, and hopefully do something about it for the greater good of society. Don't ask me how far away that is, maybe it's next week, maybe it's 50 years from now.

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