The studies quoted by Gary Wilson do not support the conclusions that he comes to. His dishonesty is sad because he likely believes his conclusion and believes that he is serving God by his falsehood. But God doesn’t need a liar to win his battles.
His conclusion is that porn USE is equivalent to ADDICTION and makes addictive changes in the brain. This is simply not true.
Let’s go through his studies. He states that EVERY study supports his conclusions and NO study contradicts it. Is this true?
No it is not. He is lying about EVERY SINGLE STUDY.
#1 Neuroscience of internet pornography addiction
Let’s see what this article says
It quotes the consensus of the Psychiatric research right now.
“Excessive use of the Internet not involving playing of online games (e.g., excessive use of social media, such as Facebook; viewing pornography online) is not considered analogous to Internet gaming disorder, and future research on other excessive uses of the Internet would need to follow similar guidelines as suggested herein.”
And then says that the newer studies indicate that Facebook, porn and other excessive uses could also be linked to Internet Gaming Disorder
In other words, this article is NOT stating that porn USE is addictive, but rather that porn CAN be addictive just as Internet Gaming, Facebook and twitter can be addictive.
The article specifically differentiates between HEALTHY men who view porn and UNHEALTHY men who are addicted. It specifically compares it to other addictions like alcohol and gambling addiction. That moderate use is NOT unhealthy.
He is lying about this study
#2 Sex Addiction as a Disease: Evidence for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Response to Critics (2015)
He states that this study takes on criticisms of Sex Addiction and debunks them. And it does, but it does so in a way that he doesn’t want to admit
“Research on addictive behaviors, such as food addiction, gambling addition, and internet addiction, has continued to reveal that there are many common mechanisms. In fact, the brain reward circuitry exists to motivate people biologically to eat (food) and procreate (sex) to ensure individual and collective survival. ”
In other words, this article is stating that people CAN be addicted to sex just like they CAN be addicted to food, the internet, or gambling. We don’t tell people that if they eat food then they are an addict, so also we shouldn’t tell me that if they see porn they will become an addict
#3 Neurobiology of Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Emerging Science (2016).
He quotes an article “proving” that some people have compulsive sexual behavior….. So what? Immediately stop having sex or else!!!!!!!
I could go on, but the intellectual dishonesty is getting on my nerves. I should hit one more, though. The study mentioned in #1 that it “Critiques” is actually study #9. Now, which is the one he wants us to pay attention to — #1 or #9. I thought that all “agreed” and there was no study contradicting it.
Finally, the author is pulling the “Scientific Consensus” argument out of his bag. Like the Global Warmists he tells the uneducated that we Scientists have decided and “The Science is Settled” The problem with his statement is that these articles are arguing against one another and against the current consensus that Sex Addiction doesn’t exist. If scientists are all in agreement, why are they critiquing one another’s studies.
I have seen a lot of Christians taking God’s name in vain by using his name to command us all to cease looking at erotica. But this author changes his tactic and takes the name of Science in vain. Maybe it’s not a sin, but it is more dishonest because everyone can read the Bible but only a few people can see his scientific lying.