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Data on Consequences of Gay Marriage

Posted in Life, Politics by Chris on November 20, 2008

I’m a bit behind on some matters (tenure letters, papers, grading, prep, changing diapers, you name it), so I’ve been a bit silent here for the past few days. Still, I didn’t want to miss posting this highly scientific and sophisticated pie chart (care of Andrew Sullivan), one that with a great degree of care that lays out all of the possible consequences of gay marriage and displays their degree of likelihood. See below the fold. The results are, frankly, quite shocking. Further analysis of the results might be in order.



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  1. Bill Haines said, on November 20, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    My first impulse was to whoop and holler and then settle into applause, until I realized what is really going on here, Chris. Alas that you ally yourself with the enemies of gay marriage by sneakily omitting all its positive further consequences, which are in my opinion massive.

    Judith Jarvis Thomson has come out against another feature of the chart, but on this point I am with you and against her. From her “Goodness and Utilitarianism (Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, Vol. 67, No. 4 (Jan., 1994), p. 14:

    “It is because the modern utilitarian does wish us to include acts among the states of affairs whose goodness or badness is relevant to the question what a person ought to do that I think ‘consequentialism’- which is nowadays in wide use as name for this theory – is so unfortunate a name for it. You can of course tell your hearers explicitly that you mean to include the act itself among its own consequences; but why risk misleading those who are not listening as closely as you might like? (G. E. Moore from time to time misled himself on this matter.)”

    Next she’ll be telling us a proposition can’t be a logical consequence of itself.

    I agree about Moore though.

  2. Swad said, on November 20, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Ah, but you can already see in the pinkish-purpleish color of the data on ice caps that gayness is having an influence…


  3. Swad said, on November 20, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    P.S. I’m digging the new blog theme!

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