So is Google an Ideological echo chamber, intolerant of Scientific debate and reasoned argument?
If Google thinks by firing James Damore, their ex-employee who wrote that famed or infamous “Anti-Diversity” 10-page memo that the matter will fizzle away, I think, they may have miscalculated here.
The former Google employee now has a sizeable following globally with his twitter handle @Fired4truth gathering over 60,000 following within days.
In an article written for Wall Street Journal, the hard hitting engineer not only maintained what he said in the memo and continue to hold the views, he went further to label Google an “Ideological Echo Chamber” and even predicted if Google continues down this path, it will walk into the future blind and may be unable to meet the need of users.
In his original memo, James Damore suggests that some Male-Female disparities could be attributed to biological differences, Google’s chief Sundar Pichai found this particular assertion unacceptable.
James Damore cited Noam Chomsky who said “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum” to buttress his point on Google’s culture of censorship that allow discussions only within the specified limit beyond which an unacceptable line would be crossed as James Damore himself found out.
He went on to accuse Google, who he believes sacked him to placate the surge of outrage shown by those zealously committed to the diversity creed of being ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument, an organisation that is almost like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of “Don’t be evil”
James Damore wants an open debate on diversity, on this, there is a well thought out articulate response from Cynthia Lee, a lecturer in Computer Science at Stanford who has a PhD in high performing computing, by every means an authority in the field of female capacity in Tech.
I shall hope to summarise Cynthia’s response in my next Tech Article