Software developer interested in history, computing, science and anything nerdy. Tongue in cheek, my views are normally lightly held and fluid except when they are not.
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Name: Gary / Kaius
Age: late 30's
Current preoccupations: Designing software systems used directly/indirectly by millions of users. Also studying for a Masters in Computer Science.
Previous preoccupations: Same as above without the study.
I drop by about once a month, was once pretty active (by my standards) but then life got very busy (new house, new job etc).
I don't think its some brocoder deciding he know more than everyone else, I think its a case of a smart person taking the time to lay out what years of research shows over and over again; there are biological differences between men and women that over a large population average out to a statistically significant preference for occupations.
Look at all this shit and also take heed of the fact that rather than Google explaining why he was wrong based on evidence they simply fired his ass. You can be certain that was a carefully calculated PR move.
Now the danger is that alt-right scumbags will use this as a tool to defend their shitty ideas but thats an outcome of how facts are used, the fact is still true...
The biggest mistake this guy made was to put forward a reasonable assertion backed by science and expect a reasoned discussion, that was never going to happen and his own naivety has pretty much screwed him. He should have seen it coming but that doesn't mean he deserved to be fired.
Also its pretty interesting that there is a huge desire for biological diversity under the premise that companies will benefit from new ideas, but then when an actual new idea is put forward they immediately hit they throw you out of the room.
Sometimes it takes a little time to unpack an assertion (or a number of assertions) and show why it may be inaccurate. It seems like a snap judgement to call him a "archetypal alt-right spoilboy that lacks empathy" without at least examining what he is saying first to see if it is correct in anyway. What did he say that led you to the conclusion that he is wrong?
Clinical psychologists in general may not be an authority on this topic except perhaps ones who carried out funded research on this very topic. Do we just dismiss that? Also I didn't get the sense that he is alt-right but it is VERY easy to label him as such based on the content and just dismiss it.
It seems like most people looked at this, thought "well that doesn't match my ideology" and promptly started screaming and hand wringing.
Not sure its that straight forward. There seems to be a strong desire to paint it black, describe him as a villain and then move on.
Take a look at this video:
Peterson is a Clinical psychologist lecturing at University of Toronto and has researched the points raised in the Manifesto prior to it being written. There is supporting research for Petersons claims but they are not politically correct message, hence the reaction. It would be my guess that the author took a lot of ideas from Peterson when writing the document but may have strayed in places.
There is a huge amount of anger over all of this and that is not helping the dialogue at all.
I hope its not him and the true identity is never uncovered. If it was me I'd be working overtime to plant clues that lead directly away from me.
Something is lost when the identity is revealed, the art is now linked to the artist and it becomes a reflection of him/her rather than a reflection of us...
Take a read of that.
Nice to be back, hoping to spend a bit more time here now that things are settling down at work. Just after getting home to Ireland after a 6 week spell in Maine which was a blast.
- - Otto Von Bismarck, the asshole that effectively made WWI possible
Whoa whoa whoa, before we go kicking Bizmarck around for setting up an intricate set of political alliances that eventually led to WW1, we should also acknowledge that Kaiser Wilhelm was a fuckwit who couldn't keep shit together. Its hardly Bismarcks fault that the royal family lost the genetic lottery and ended up with a ruler not fit to clean his boots...
Which is 8% of your gross salary if you earn 100K before they take the other 21/42% PAYE tax. Essentially half your salary goes to tax...
It makes for interesting conversations when my US based co-workers make the occasional gripe about salary or cost of living, my heart bleeds for them.
- The top federal income tax rate in the United States is 39.6%, with a threshold of about $415,000 in income for a single filer.
/Stares at paycheck
40% tax for everything over 42K... Damn!
EDIT: some quick maths shows that someone earning 100K would take home 12K more per year if they lived in the US.
Not sure I follow that, care to explain?