Google Denies Science
A few days ago James Damore was fired from Google for writing a memo that was initially circulated internally but ended up leaking to the press. I suggest reading the whole thing but reading the "Reply to public response and misrepresentation" and the tl;dr, and skimming the rest is fine for now.
I mainly just want to address the public statements Google has made since it was leaked. First though, I need to emphasize the chart that Gizmodo (the most popular place to view the memo) intentionally omitted from their post. It's also worth noting they removed all the references (which are included in the pdf I have linked above).
So many people who are offended and outraged by this fail to understand this concept. James Damore believes people should be treated as individuals and that group trends do not say anything about a specific individual. He just wants to have a conversation about group trends without being fired and slandered.
Speaking of slander, Google's Chief Propaganda Officer Sundar Pichai accused James of claiming "a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work." Some media outlets have reported that the memo claims "women are inherently less suited for technical roles than men" or that "women are less capable." This is all intentional misrepresentation. James makes no such claim and actually goes out of his way to avoid making such a claim. There's an entire section titled "Non-discriminatory ways to reduce the gender gap" for Christ's sake. Being capable and being interested are two entirely different things.
While we're here I'll address the idea of 50/50 representation. That's insane. The idea that a given field of work should have an equal number of men and women working in it is insane. 98% of dental hygienists are female and 100% of brick layers are male. Is that really something that we need to "fix"? How about the rest of the jobs in this list?
I have no problem with women in tech. I think we should hire as many as we can find and then we should go look some more. I just graduated from RIT and trust me when I say the guys there need to hang around more women. But we don't have to lie to ourselves. Men and women are different. Sometimes we're interested in different things. At a population level, our personalities are different.
None of the Google officials bothered to actually refute James's claims.
Mr. Pichai went on to display his lack of understanding of psychology (or pretend to).
"Our co-workers shouldn’t have to worry that each time they open their mouths to speak in a meeting, they have to prove that they are not like the memo states, being “agreeable” rather than “assertive,” showing a “lower stress tolerance,” or being “neurotic.”
This man is either a fool, or is treating you like one.
Agreeableness and neuroticism (sensitivity to negative emotion) are the technical terms for personality traits. His co-workers should be no more worried about sounding too agreeable than too extraverted. This is nonsense.
Another to respond, Danielle Brown, Vice President of Diversity, Integrity, and Governance had virtually nothing to say.
"I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender."
Oh really, Danielle? Which ones?
"Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions."
Getting fired sure would make me feel safe to share my opinion.
"Diversity, and inclusion. Diversity, and inclusion. Diversity and inclusion".
Not diversity of thought; diversity of skin color. Not inclusion of everyone; inclusion of only those who submit to our authoritarian ideology.
I don't think they could have proved him any more right if they tried.