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March 14th, 2009


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12:29 am - maybe you could put it on youtunes
I made a voice recording where I talk for eight minutes about a website I don't like. I think I make some good points.

Much love,

-Brendan
Current Music: tUne-YaRdS - FiYa

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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 7th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)

dear brendan

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you sound pretty angry. do you want to go look for turtles together some time?

much love,
Jiayi.
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From:dustyasymptotes
Date:April 8th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)

he was the president of harvard.

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if the president of harvard says there are intrinsic differences between the ability of men and women to do math and science AND ranks that intrinsic ability as more important than discrimination or socialization I don't see how he doesn't deserve every rotten tomato that got thrown his way.

the president of harvard.
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From:brendan62442
Date:April 18th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Hey Jiayi --

I just now found these comments but they are pretty nice. I will gladly come hang out but you may need to sell me on the turtle-hunts.

I think I was really angry at the website. I think I went to it when I was feeling bad once for commiseration, but instead I felt like everyone was trying to one-up me. I have more perspective now because Chris makes a point of showing me only the funny ones.

What some people would call "ability" is something that is kind of just more like autism, the ability of men to exercise their right brain all the time when their left brain won't work. In that way I do see an intrinsic ability for certain men to be really good at math and science. The average of 3 billion men and 3 billion women for aptitude would be totally the same, but probably more often it's men who have the capacity to get obsessed with science and lose interest in everything else.

But it's true. The president of Havard is probably the last person who should be presenting that stuff. (And it sounds like he was kind of obnoxious about it.)

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