When I give my opinion on homosexuality, I can't help but give my honest appraisal. Having spent a good chunk of my life studying the brain and
keeping up on the literature, I know that the brain is essentially plastic. Wide ranging areas of the brain (of all creatures with nerve cells)
respond to stimulation, or conversely, lack of stimulation.
A blind persons non-use of his eyes causes the brain to reorganize itself: the area which processes visual information (the occipital lobe in the back
of the brain) since it is not receiving stimulus from the eyes, begins to process the adaptation made by the blind person i.e. the use of his hands to
feel and sense his environment. MRI's of blind people have the occipital lobe lighting up when they feel an object, or when something is heard. The
neural real estate for sight is replaced by migration. Areas which cover hearing and touch migrate into the visual cortex and use up that empty real
Think about what this means. This is an astounding example of neural reorganization. The brain is alive, moving and responding to external forces. All
it needs is to be stimulated, and it will change, or conversely, not be stimulated, and it will degrade.
The London Cab driver study is another great example. On the neurological side, we know how drastically impaired the brain is when a certain area
ceases to function. In multiple scleroris, a cell in the brain called the glia - a subtype of which is a cell called oligodendrocytes - begins to die
off. This cell does something called myelination - when a cell wraps around the axon fiber of a neuron to add greater electrical conductivity within
the cell. This break down, you get MS. That simple.
Homosexuals feel the way they do because of a specific array of neurological idiosyncrasies that create just this type of experience. As of now, brain
scientists think the INAH-3 area in the hypothalamus is directly responsible.
So there you have it. Homosexuality is the consequence of genetic and developmental events. At the same time, given the brains plasticity, it is
theoretically possible for someone to change it - if they so wish.
There's no godly reason to stifle and suppress honest scientific debate just because there's the possibility that such knowledge would fortify the
argument of religious conservatives, thereby strengthening their cause.
Think about that for a second. Should political considerations manipulate scientific dialogue? Or should we trust each other as human beings to live
as each of us see fit to live. Not trying to coerce or misrepresent the facts; the just leave them as they are.
If the brain is plastic, and homosexuality can be changed, that doesn't mean diddly squat. As a life choice, homosexuality can be supported or
disproved using aspects of the same fact; for homosexuals, the fact of their being "born this way" would be their primary premise. All else would
derive meaning from this basic focus. For conservatives, who operate from the perspective of moral human intervention, will argue that man's power to
cause change obligates him to overcome this unnatural lust.
But it doesn't end there. Even if it is an unnatural i.e. not ordinary and normal phenomenon, it still does occur, albeit, in single percentages for
But conservatives may argue back: "divine law is indicated in the natural order". The female and male can be imagined as central opposites in cosmic
So what? The liberal will respond. Of what value or significance is such philosophizing? It is speculation at heart - an unverifiable hypothesis,
merely something you have faith in. Can it be proven? No? Well, then, it is your opinion, emanating from a feeling you have, reflecting some
Back and forth they can argue, and back and forth each side will defend their own arguments - logical and consistent from their respective
So, were at a stalemate. Nobody has philosophical truth; there will always be people who believe different things, and to think it is remotely
possible to coerce others to see your way - or some way you and your kind feel others should see, you are blind. You have very little understanding of
the human experience.
Live and Let Live. The morality of homosexuality isn't easy to determine. If you want to overcome it because you feel a certain way, and you would
discover meaning and purpose in seeking to "reorient" yourself to a preconceived metaphysical picture, good look - I hope the best for you.
At the same time. We have one life to live. We have one personality, shaped by forces completely beyond our control. We become a certain person with
deeply rooted beliefs and attitudes. If I am an essentially good person, and I want to do good in this world, how would my living, loving etc with a
member of my own sex worsen the world? In what practical way does that harm society?
It really doesn't harm society. Only via some abstract theologizing or philosophizing could one claim that the world would be harmed - and since that
can't ever be gauged, tested, or established, it means nothing.
So again, let people live. Don't worry about little Johnny or Peter. Not everyone thinks being gay is wrong, and not all people will approve of
homosexuality. Whether they do or don't depends on their own sphere of influences, true; but it also depends upon feeling.
There are conservative ideologies and liberal ideologies in our world today. Can one be extirpated? That is what both sides probably want. However, I
don't think either side will win.
If life is governed by a complementarity (as I believe) perhaps the complementarity conservatives feel to be essential in the man-female dynamic also
exists more fundamentally between liberals and conservatives. Not all people are as open or closed; were on different levels and wavelengths from each
other. A significant truth is there to be recognized: don't push or be over-aggressive with other people. Seldom does anything good come of it.
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