Sick, sick people 15
Dr Chin's latest letter brings a few letters in response today, two of which made angry doc smile.
Ms Tamsyn thinks Dr Chin "needs to quote his sources".
Ms Li obliges us by telling us that the figures Dr Chin used were "from the book by Alan P. Bell et al, Homosexuality: A Study Of Diversity Among Men & Women (1978)", and that "[o]ther studies on the number of partners of gays have contradicted the figures". She urges that "readers who write to the ST Forum be more careful with regard to their selection of studies to back up their arguments".
Well, the studies Ms Li quoted don't actually 'contradict' the figures, but they just happen to have found lower percentages of homosexual men with more than 500 partners than the first one. Still, 500 partners sound like a lot to angry doc, homosexual or heterosexual.
Nevertheless, angry doc finds it encouraging that Ms Tamsyn asked for the source of Dr Chin's data, and that Ms Li actully took it upon herself to find the source of Dr Chin's data, and also other similar studies.
Everything you read in the media (old and new, and that includes this blog) is there because somebody wants to influence the way you think and act. We need to recognise that statistics have to be interpreted in their context, and that evidence vary in quality.
Added: There is actually an interesting story behind Ms Li's letter, recounted in this post from Yawning Bread.