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The Google manifesto and James Damore

James Damore wrote a now famous document criticizing what he called Google’s ideological echo chamber. Since the memo didn’t agree with the left’s vision of the world, they had to misrepresent and attack it.

For example, somebody at Wired called it anti-diversity, which is flatly untrue. A writer at Salon said the author encouraged Google to “accept these biological differences and assign men and women to different roles,” which is outrageously untrue.

An excellent article by David Brooks has this very apt quote.

I cannot remember the last time so many outlets and observers mischaracterized so many aspects of a text everyone possessed.

They seem to expect you to believe what they say without checking, even though the original is only a click away.

Damore makes a lot of claims in his memo about differences between men and women, so one thing to ask is whether he got it right. Many scientists have said yes.

The author of the Google essay on issues related to diversity gets nearly all of the science and its implications exactly right.

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Others disagree, of course. This is social science, not physics, so there’s going to be some murkiness. And in my experience, whenever science touches on an emotional topic, or one that’s likely to rouse tempers, bias seems to overwhelm evidence. Also, many scientists are loathe to say certain things out of fear for their careers.

I encourage you to read Damore’s essay. It’s pretty interesting.

And if Damore’s essay interested you, or if you are generally interested in the topic of male and female differences, you might be interested in my book on that topic. It’s available in print and for the kindle.