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  •  Yes he was (5+ / 0-)

    the first 'expert' witness for the state was rejected by the court.

    The current witness is an economist from BYU who is totally confusing everyone with complex statistics. Which he claims say Children raised by both a father and mother .. their odds of making normal progress in school" is 35 percent greater than children of same-sex children.

    •  Statistics are meaningless (4+ / 0-)

      in certain situations.

      During the Winter Olympics there was a good example of the misleading nature of statistics when they're applied to real-world scenarios. You have to factor in so many things to make them actually meaningful and even then they can become a wasted exercise because while the things can be reduced to mere numbers those numbers often mean shit.

      US Ranks Low on Per Capita Medal Count

      •  This guy also believes lots of other silly stuff (6+ / 0-)

        Such as only women can be nurturing etc.

        He is a fellow at a anti-gay think tank run by Regenerus!

        •  That think-tank is called the Austin Institute (1+ / 0-)
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          librarisingnsf

          When asked in court what the purpose of the Austin Institute was, Price said "I don't know."

          Seriously.

          There were some pauses in the trial to accommodate a fairly large group of law students who entered the courtroom, with Judge Friedman occasionally addressing them. I suspect that the educational objective of the exercise was to teach them how to avoid cracking up when parties to a case say laughable things.

          Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

          by ebohlman on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 09:37:07 PM PST

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