I would say normal is that which is common to my experience and the experiences of most with whom I come into contact. Abnormal would be the opposite, I suppose.
Now may I ask you once more . . .
Is there any behavior that can properly be termed abnormal? In your opinion?
Last edited by LuckyDan; 12-22-11 at 12:25 AM.
I think what we can all agree that educated consent is a key determinant in normality. A human being who sleeps with a pig is not normal because the pig can't give its consent to having sex anymore than a dead body can. So we should start from there and move along. This needs to be narrowed down even further as we're likely to get into polygamy. Even then however, by the definition given by lpast, polygamy is far more normal than monogamy. As much as certain people would like to argue otherwise, relationships based on "one man, one woman" is a relatively new invention. Polygamy on the other hand has been practiced in almost every single culture since day one.Is there any behavior that can properly be termed abnormal? In your opinion?
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Let me tell you what I say to clients when I first meet them about the word "normal". I explain that there are several words that I do not like using when conducting therapy. Normal is one of them. I explain that normal "is the cycle on a washing machine", that there is no normal except what our own experiences tell us that normal is and that is not universal. Using the term normal, unless you are using it in statistical terms, is ALWAYS a value judgment of some sort. This is why no anti-GM debater can answer the question and why I enjoy watching them squirm so much with it. They haven't figured out that arguing "normal" is a losing proposition, unless you argue it from a statistical standpoint... which doesn't suit their purposes. They want to make a value judgment, withOUT making a value judgment, which is not possible. This is why the "normal" question is such a failure and why I enjoy watching the outrage of anti-GM folks when I confront them. Their is no defense for my position on this, unless one does one of the following three things: 1) use normal in a statistical sense; 2) admit to using "normal" as a means to a value judgment; 3) admit that defining normal is context is relative to the individual. As you can see, each of these three responses are loser positions if one is trying to prove the lack of normalcy of homosexuality towards the anti-GM position. Yet, anti-GM folks STILL try to argue this. And I'll just keep forcing them to try to define it, and laughing when it sinks their position no matter how they respond.
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Probably a dumb question but what constitutes normal, statistically? Within two standard deviations?
Define how homosexuality is Normal.
Last edited by lpast; 12-22-11 at 08:09 AM.
Shoulds don't matter. What matter is the reality.
? You stupid?