James Damore

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James Damore is the former Google engineer fired over a memo criticizing the company's policies on so called diversity.[1] The circulated memo states, "We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism" - mirroring the viewpoint that forced a Harvard University president to resign several years ago. Google thereupon accused Damore of "advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

After being fired by Google,[2] Damore claims his former employer is discriminating in its hiring practices based on race or gender and adds:

  • I committed heresy against the Google creed by stating that not all disparities between men and women that we see in the world are the result of discriminatory treatment.[3]

At least one university professor said that Damore's 10-page memo was scientifically accurate. The professor pointed out:

  1. Neither the left nor the right gets diversity completely right
  2. The social science evidence on implicit and explicit bias has been wildly oversold and is far weaker than most people seem to realize
  3. Google has, perhaps unintentionally, created an authoritarian atmosphere that has stifled discussion of these issues by stigmatizing anyone who disagrees as a bigot and instituted authoritarian policies of reverse discrimination
  4. The policies and atmosphere systematically ignore biological, cognitive, educational, and social science research on the nature and sources of individual and group differences.[4]

Other supportive comments

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge called it a

  • good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech[5]

Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychology professor at University of New Mexico wrote:

  • Within this sea of gender bias, should Google use various practices (affirmative action is not just one thing) to especially encourage capable women of joining (and enjoying) the Google workplace? I vote yes. At the same time, should we be able to openly discuss and be informed by some of the real psychological sex differences that might account for variation in men’s and women’s workplace performance? In the right context, I vote yes to that, too.[6]

A pseudonymous poster wrote:

  • James specifically posted it In response to a request by google for critical and controversial thoughts on equality in the workplace. James starts out by explaining that it is wrong to take the average of a group of people and assign that value to each individual, at no point does he say individual women or any other individual from a group can't do well. Instead it is a well reasoned and cited document. Later on it was backed by at least 6 experts in the fields of biology and psychology, citing scientifically accepted causes for differences beteeen groups of people. It outlines how cultural taboos create opportunity inequality by attempting to force outcome equality through sexist and racist bias. Because he was right, it inflamed SJW and the corporate monoculture so badly no one even read it before resorting to a strawman argument set aflame from the torches of seething angry internet warriors.

References

  1. John Shinal (14 Aug 2017). Fired Google engineer Damore says the company is hiring and promoting workers based on race or gender. CNBC. Retrieved on 18 Aug 2017. “James Damore, the former Google engineer fired over a memo criticizing the company's diversity efforts, says his former employer is discriminating in its hiring practices based on race or gender. Damore, whose online post has divided Google and ignited a national firestorm, told CNBC's "Closing Bell" that Google is "treating people differently based on race or gender." The company "is pressing individual managers to increase diversity" and is "using race or gender" to decide which workers are promoted and which teams job candidates are placed on, Damore said. He also said he is "pursuing legal remedies" against the company over his firing.”
  2. Paul Price (18 August 2017). Google’s censorship will affect us all. CMI. Retrieved on 19 Aug 2017. “Most recently, Google has made headlines by firing one of their own engineers, James Damore, for posting an internal memo questioning the company’s ‘party line’ concerning feminism and workplace sexual diversity. He had the audacity to suggest that there might be real biological differences between men and women!”
  3. John Shinal (11 Aug 2017). Fired Google engineer James Damore says company is 'like a cult'. CNBC. Retrieved on 19 Aug 2017. “Damore wrote in the op-ed that he "committed heresy against the Google creed by stating that not all disparities between men and women that we see in the world are the result of discriminatory treatment."”
  4. Fired Google Engineer James Damore Holds “Fired for Truth” Protest Sign Outside Google HQ
  5. James Damore: "This Is Why I Was Fired By Google" - ZeroHedge
  6. The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond - Quillette

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