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  •  Actually not so arcane. (4.00)
    There may be legal subtleties here I miss, but there's an intellectual honesty issue that transcends the law.  As you say, he had a conclusion and went looking for the argument.  I'm a sociologist - we're not supposed to do that.  People in other academic disciplines aren't, either.  I suspect that it's the same for a lot of professions, that there's a basic expectation that you be at least minimally open to conclusions that you don't like, that the outcome of your work not be predetermined by your political or personal or other desires.  And it says a lot about this administration that they embrace this strategy (maybe it doesn't say anything we don't have ample evidence of already, but another data point is always useful, right?).
    •  I'm a psychologist and we too are cautious (4.00)
      Our watchword is to stay within the bounds of acceptable professional practice.  And when confronted with an ethical quandry we seek consultation - widely if necessary.

      And yes, when coming to a conclusion, you need a variety of different pieces of confirmatory data - not simply make it up as you go along.

      Imagine if a "diagnosis" was simply what the professional wanted it to be and the facts were fixed around the desired end result.

      That this man is complaining about our complaints about him boggles the mind!  

      •  Your analogy nails it. (4.00)

         You write:

        "Imagine if a "diagnosis" was simply what the professional wanted it to be and the facts were fixed around the desired end result."

         That's Yoo "to a T".

        I write essentially the same thing below, but coming from a legal standpoint.  But your analogy is very easy to understand and underscores the vacuousness and cynicism and disingenuiness of Yoo's "scholarship."  

        BenGoshi
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        . . . religion is not a syllogism, but a poem. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 06:32:41 PM PST

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      •  Umm (4.00)
        Imagine if a "diagnosis" was simply what the professional wanted it to be and the facts were fixed around the desired end result.

        Isn't that what Frist did with the Shiavo case?

        Bush - the ultimate example of the Peter Principle.

        by PatsBard on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 06:53:09 PM PST

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      •  Possibly the only exception... (none)
        Is computer programming, where you do this in reverse. (Find the result, then design the program to create it.)

        Don't ask me how that's relevant, but there you have it.

        The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

        by Shapeshifter on Mon Dec 26, 2005 at 08:05:41 PM PST

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