"They're not lying because, well, that's stupid to think so" isn't even remotely a cohesive retort to Albor's legitimate question.
To pretend that the scientific community, which has its rivalries, secrets, and members all trying to distinguish themselves and compete with another, are somehow less prone to manipulation of facts and misrepresentation than the law enforcement community, the political community, the sports community, the religious community, and any other group of human beings is fantastically naive.
Now as Morgikit points out, we have to ask what benefit can possibly come from lying. My personal opinion; none. But then I don't think most scientists, human behavioral experts, or psychologists are liars. This is consistent with other groups like politicians, militaries, lobbyists, corporations, et al. Dog Raping Villainy and Chaotic Evil aren't super popular character alignments. The majority of people in any vocation want to do their jobs and go home. I believe a good many want to make a difference.
However, yes, as Albor points out, scientists and pyschologists are not beyond Confirmation Bias
. None of us are. I believe many psychologists belief discrimination is wrong and thus they'd lean toward research that would debunk discrimination. I believe many of them are generally antipathetic or at least highly skeptical of religion, and thus would cleave to an interpretation that would subvert religious teaching. As gay rights becomes the big thing, it's not so difficult to imagine that more and more newly trained scientists would grow up believing it's a normal thing that can't and shouldn't be changed.
Anybody that believes otherwise is free to perform their own studies and submit them for peer review.
Funny you say that. Many scientists, including the original head of the APA questions this belief that orientation expression can't be controlled.
And many studies that "prove" it can't be changed have been called into question precisely because they results couldn't be replicated.
edited 2nd Feb '13 9:14:17 AM by TheStarshipMaxima