How Many brothers do you have?

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  1. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    An interesting read. Seeing as how sexuality us discussed here a lot, I thought I would share.

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  2. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    I have one younger brother, two sisters, one older, one younger.

    This is an interesting article. I don't know though...it seeems a bit far-fetched to me even with evidence. Granted, I only know about 5 gay men, so what do I know?
     
  3. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    I have an older brother, and a younger brother, and a much older half brother, and i'm as straight as straight can be...... It think this is bogus.
     
  4. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I'm quite happy at the moment so I don't have any bothers – I do have a younger brother though. ;)
     
  5. calculus Guest

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    Damn, you beat me to it.
     
  6. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Don't let it bother you. ;)
     
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The thread title is now fixed.

    Brother=bother -- Freudian slip?
     
  8. Raid macrumors 68020

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    Hey! That's my alma mater! (mind you my stats classes never covered this stuff) :cool:

    It's an interesting study, and I like how the conclusions have a 'grain-of-salt' approach... they clearly state that the results only refer to an increased possibility and not as an absolute reason... (unlike that Milk/Birthweight study a month or so ago).
     
  9. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    What a weird article, I don't beleive it.

    I have 2 brothers who are twins.
     
  10. calculus Guest

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    What, both of them?
     
  11. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    your user name gives me nightmares ;)
     
  12. Queso macrumors G4

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    So if my younger brother is actually gayer than me, shouldn't someone tell his wife? :D
     
  13. iSaint macrumors 603

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    I'm too lazy to read the whole article. I read the first sentence. I have two older brothers. I'm not gay, I love pooty too much. However, I am comfortable with my effeminate qualities. My oldest brother is a homophobe. The next oldest is as liberal (or moderate) as I am.
     
  14. Queso macrumors G4

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    So your oldest brother is in the closet? Interesting counter to the theory. :cool:
     
  15. floyde macrumors 6502a

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    Yahoo has a long history of posting could've-been-just-a-coincidence type of pseudo-science articles :rolleyes: . Last time it was something like "Brownies cause baldness, experts say". Basically some "scientists" interview a couple of brownie eating people and it turns out a good number of them are bald. Yay! we got a "clear" connection now, brownies = baldness !:rolleyes:
     
  16. iSaint macrumors 603

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    No, being a homophobe means he's scared of gay people and feels threatened by them. Although recently he's been working with a known 'couple' in town who do wonderful work on a kids' with cancer camp. He seems to have become a little more compassionate about them...though that word is hardly in his vocabulary.
     
  17. clayj macrumors 604

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    This is a discussion that ultimately will go nowhere and which can only end badly, methinks.

    Let's posit for a moment that the researchers are correct, that a propensity toward being gay is a partially a result of changes in a mother's biochemistry following each gestational cycle she goes through. (Lotta big words there!) If this is true, it begs the question: So what? Even if said changes increase the likelihood of a male child being 'born gay' from 3% to 5%, that's still a tiny fraction (1-in-20) of all male children... and that's assuming that each mother has more than one male child.

    Are they proposing to limit the number of male children that each woman can have, so as to limit the number of gay males? Or are they going to try to figure out exactly what combination of maternal biochemistry, genetics, and environment causes male children to become gay, so that they can either (1) learn to control womens' biochemistry and try to reduce the number of gay children or (2) try to INCREASE the number of gay children? Are we going to try to turn women into Tleilaxu-style birthing tanks, so that we can absolutely control how children turn out from a genetic and environmental standpoint?

    I understand that scientists like to figure out how things work, but I gotta tell you that my gut reaction to this is that they've found a quirk of statistics (like how the "random" number 37 seems to come up a lot more frequently than it should) and they're trying to create a hypothesis that matches up to their data so that they can make it look like they've discovered some profound fact.

    I'm not gay, myself, so I really can't speak to whether the "choice" to be gay is really a choice, or whether the biological/genetic component is merely a headstart in one direction or another which is then influenced by one's upbringing/environment. I will say that while genetics do play a profound role in establishing your starting point in this world, most of what follows is a result of environment and personal choices.

    P.S.: If anything I've said offends you, please note that that was not my intention. I'm just trying to apply a bit of logic to the whole discussion, which, as I noted above, will likely end badly.
     
  18. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    Eight. Seven older, one younger. And ... no ... (although one of my older brothers is). Four sisters.
     
  19. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    I don't feel like reading the article...but I have three sisters and 0 brothers.


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  20. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    Are they all from the same parents?

    I have one older brother, one younger one and a sister. I'm the gay one.
     
  21. capone2 macrumors regular

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    what a wierd article....

    .......i have one older brother and im gay, but i dought that means anything i know tons of gay men who have no brothers or only older sisters or they are the oldest siblings so that just cant be. sexuality is born and not learned period.
     
  22. nummy1 macrumors newbie

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    Brothers

    I have 5 older brothers... having a bunch of older brothers would put totally AGAINST homosexuality... us guys are gross... and i think this study is bunk... there is no scientific value in it... just like saying that women with younger sisters are more likely to get struck by lightening... HA
     
  23. Egosphere macrumors member

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    That is exactly what the research is saying. It's saying that there is biological bias based on how many males the mother has borne before the male in question. I say, it makes sense because it supports the whole homosexuality as a population limiter theory. The more males, the more likely that the next one will be a non-breeder so not to over populate.
    Figuring out whatever things with science is good, but this is iffy, because what if parents will be able to control the likelihood of homosexuality in their child. That would be a bit wrong.
     
  24. commonpeople macrumors regular

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    None of the posters can refute this study based on personal experience alone. We're talking about a few percentage points- that's much too little to notice by looking at your own family.

    It's not a matter of whether you like or dislike the conclusions. You have to do a well controlled scientific study to find out the answer.
     

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