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Paul Cameron should not be taken seriously.

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Started: 9/16/2012 Category: Science
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Chelicerae

Pro

The 'Paul Cameron' the resolution refers to is Paul Drummond Cameron (born November 9, 1939), an American psychologist and sex researcher.

Should not be taken seriously--he should be ignored as a scientific source for insight on matters regarding sexuality and LGBT rights.

First round is for acceptance.
Frarf

Con

Obscure sex researcher is obscure?

I avcept your challege. Your argument first sir.
Debate Round No. 1
Chelicerae

Pro

My argument is based around the fact that the scientific community does not accept Paul Cameron's ideas and methodology. I will be presenting several quotes from the scientific community to establish that his ideas and methodology are considered flawed and nonfactual. It would follow from this that his findings should be ignored as a scientific source, and the resolution would be upheld.

Most of my arguments will be from other sources on Paul Cameron, so in the interest of fairness, my opponent should be free to take generously from his sources as well. All of my quotes will be from the University of California Davis.

=Scientific view on Paul Cameron=

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific group of psychologists in the United States of America. It should be very important when it makes extremely damning remarks about Paul Cameron, and the consensus from them is that Paul Cameron has poor methodology and flawed ideas. An APA spokesperson told The Boston Globe in 2005, "We are concerned about Dr. Cameron because we do believe that his methodology is weak.' This shows that the APA believes his methodology is flawed.

The Nebraska Psychological Association adopted a resolution stating that it "formally disassociates itself from the representations and interpretations of scientific literature offered by Dr. Paul Cameron in his writings and public statements on sexuality.

In 1986, the American Sociological Association passed a resolution stating, 'The American Sociological Association officially and publicly states that Paul Cameron is not a sociologist, and condemns his consistent misrepresentation of sociological research. Information on this action and a copy of the report by the Committee on the Status of Homosexuals in Sociology, "The Paul Cameron Case," is to be published in Footnotes, and be sent to the officers of all regional and state sociological associations and to the Canadian Sociological Association with a request that they alert their members to Cameron's frequent lecture and media appearances."

While we're talking about Canadians, in 1996, the Canadian Psychological Association adopted a policy statement stating that it, 'takes the position that Dr. Paul Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented research on sexuality, homosexuality, and lesbianism and thus, it formally disassociates itself from the representation and interpretations of scientific literature in his writings and public statements on sexuality.'

=Paul Cameron's Ethics=

In his written opinion in Baker v. Wade (1985), Judge Buchmeyer of the U.S. District Court of Dallas referred to "Cameron's sworn statement that 'homosexuals abuse children at a proportionately greater incident than do heterosexuals,'" and concluded that "Dr. Paul Cameron...has himself made misrepresentations to this Court" and that "There has been no fraud or misrepresentations except by Dr. Cameron"

On December 2, 1983, the American Psychological Association sent Paul Cameron a letter informing him that he had been dropped from membership. Early in 1984, all members of the American Psychological Association received official written notice that "Paul Cameron (Nebraska) was dropped from membership for a violation of the Preamble to the Ethical Principles of Psychologists" by the APA Board of Directors.5 Cameron has posted an elaborate argument about his expulsion from APA on his website, claiming that he resigned from APA before he was dropped from membership. Like most organizations, however, APA does not allow a member to resign when they are being investigated. And even if Cameron's claims were accepted as true, it would be remarkable that the largest professional organization of psychologists in the United States (and other professional associations, as noted below) went to such lengths to disassociate itself from one individual.

[1]http://psychology.ucdavis.edu...
Frarf

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Debate Round No. 2
Chelicerae

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FF?

Arguments extended.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Debate Round No. 4
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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by 16kadams 4 years ago
16kadams
I might take this
Posted by Stephen_Hawkins 4 years ago
Stephen_Hawkins
I might take this from the perspective of "proving Paul Cameron is deceitful is like proving two and two is four: it's impossible for me to win, thus it's impossible for me to lose" :)
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