Parsing Porn
Shrinkage: Your Brain on Porn
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  • lehnne

    lawsuits are coming against big sex; it is a delicious irony for those champions of human debasement.

  • Anthony

    “Watching porn could make your brain shrink.” Who would have thought!

  • Corlyss

    Literally incredible! Personally I think porn makes men stupid and brutal, but a study based on a sample of 64 men simply isn’t credible. JAMA must be doing some obeisance to political correctness.

    • gabrielsyme

      Since the idea that no sexual activity is in itself wrong or harmful is part of the bien pensant attitude, I strongly doubt JAMA is looking to bolster the forces of political correctness. Since this questions the libertinism of the sexual revolution, it actually is a bit of a challenge to our secular elites.

      • Corlyss

        You could be right about the political correctness, but the JAMA crowd is notorious for trying to boost liberal causes with scantily-based research. Anti-Porn is one of the big agenda items for aggressive feminism, which is one of liberalism’s most adored cohorts. JAMA routinely fell for the extravagant estimates of Iraqis killed in the Iraq war, they routinely cosset “research” that proves guns are a dangerous epidemic a la a recognized disease, and that “conservatism” is a psychological disorder, and those are only the offenses against logic that I know about. So I ask how seriously can it challenge anything with such a narrow basis?

        I will say that one of the areas wherein flagrant abuses of standard research protocols is rife is the area of psychological studies of all kinds. There’s a real full court press to turn all kinds of behaviors as requiring therapy of some kind or another.

        • Loader2000

          You are right though that psychological studies are often ridiculously under powered in terms of sample size which often leads to a false conclusion of no difference between the test group and the control group.

    • Loader2000

      N=64 can be a very small number when your outcome is a binary variable like ‘heart attack’ or ‘No heart attack’, especially when one of the binary outcomes is somewhat rare. That is why pharmaceutical studies are so large. However, if your outcome variable is continuous and the correlation is at least moderately strong, then your sample size can be much lower. For example, for a correlation of .8 (moderately strong), you can detect a degradation in size of about 20% pretty easily with N=64 (based on N=64 and R=0.8 in PASS software).

  • Fred

    Does it bother anyone else that pornography only becomes a concern when it becomes perceived as a threat to physical health? The facts that it degrades both those who participate in it and those who consume it, teaches young men horrible lessons about how to treat women and young women horrible lessons about how to appeal to men, disrupts relationships and prevents good ones from forming in the first place, and is contrary to the common good in any number of other ways doesn’t seem to matter. The whole thing is eerily reminiscent of Oswald Spengler’s thoughts on the Western obsession with health in the absence of any larger meaning to life as our culture declines.

  • abadi

    Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity: this will be most con­ducive to their purity – [and,] verily, God is aware of all that they do.
    (Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that will make for greater purity for them.) And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

    قال الله تعالى : ( قُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِمْ وَيَحْفَظُوا فُرُوجَهُمْ ذَلِكَ أَزْكَى لَهُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا يَصْنَعُونَ * وَقُلْ لِلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ ) الآية (النور:30-31) .

    This is ord for men and women, regardless sight of what Allaah has forbidden them, and you want to turn a blind eye to the nakedness and place of lust. Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah – Almighty God’s mercy – said (may God commanded in his gaze, is of two types: turn a blind eye to the genitalia, and the tender for replace lust. Cgd the first two men looked up from the nakedness of others, as the Prophet, peace be upon him: ((not seen the nakedness of man to man, or woman to woman rougher)), and the man must Lester and his genitalia …. the second type : it is a blind eye for hidden adornments of foreign women, which is more severe than the first.

  • ljgude

    I’m old school myself so I remain quite certain that blindness is the outcome of such activities.

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