A study purporting to show that people’s views on gay marriage could change simply by meeting gay people has been retracted following revelations that its data was fabricated.
The study was published last December in Science, and prior to publication drew a great deal of attention from the American media. Vox, for instance, described the findings in the study as “kind of miraculous.” As it turns out, that’s exactly what they were, because they were apparently made up.
According to the study, people from communities hostile to gay marriage could have their opinions shift dramatically after spending just a few minutes speaking with a gay person who canvassed their neighborhood promoting gay marriage. Not only that, but this could have a spillover effect, making not just the people themselves more pro-gay but also other people who lived in the same household.
The study, among other things, lent support to the notion that those opposed to gay marriage simply don’t know or interact with open homosexuals. More broadly, it was seen as an important development in the science of how people can be convinced to change their minds on ideologically-charged issues.
The study began to fall apart when students at the University of California at Berkeley sought to conduct additional research building off of it, only to find major irregularities in how its research was apparently conducted. For example, thermometers used to measure participants’ attitudes produced consistent, reliable information, even though they are known for producing relatively unreliable numbers.
Tell the lie long enough and they will believe it's true. After it is published they retract it even though the damage has been done. It is all BS. They want to destroy the family and all Christian believers so the light will not shine on what they do in darkness. Know you not that the deceiver of old goes about the earth seeking who he may devour, kill or destroy. Nothing new stay vigilant.
Come on folks, if you can't tell the truth, you do more harm than good by lying. Now you look like liars and you appear incompetent. Congratulates, you've tainted the results of any future "studies" and ruined your reputations as honest and competent investigators/researchers or scientist.