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A View from the Altar / Scientific American on homosexuality
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Scientific American on homosexuality

Scientific American magazine used to publish articles of scientific and engineering interest.  When I was a young teen, my parents bought me a subscription where I read about everything from topographic designs that tile a plane to oil distribution in journal bearings and the energy states of Rydberg atoms.  But things have changed for the old mag.  The current on-line edition contains, for example, an explanation of why people are disgusted by homosexual acts.  It’s a typical evolutionary just-so story of an evolved fear of unusual sex acts which tend to spread unusual diseases.  SciAm then explains how homosexuals can help people overcome the disgust they feel toward homosexual acts.  Their advice is for homosexuals to be more open and do more of their, umm… stuff… in public… where people can see it.

I’m curious about something.  Has anybody at their editorial staff wondered what that has to do with science?

The author of the article works for (and I am not making this up) Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.  One of life’s sick ironies, I guess.

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