Culture | Media

In Defense of the Google Manifesto

James Damore, the Google employee who wrote the viral Google manifesto, was fired yesterday for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” From the various reactions I’ve read, you would think Damore wrote the next iteration of Mein Kampf. Gizmodo labelled it an “anti-diversity screed.” Mashable called it a “racist/sexist manifesto” when reporting that the author’s identity had been revealed. Tweetstorms were fashionable, with […]

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Review

15 Years Later, Why Do We Still Believe in the Blank Slate?

On Twitter, I once saw a cultural anthropologist refer to Steven Pinker’s toenails as “magical” when accosting an evolutionary psychologist who had angered him. Some time later, on another scroll session, I saw a sociologist and gender/ masculinity/ post-colonial theorist very politely say to another professor: “Hi Diana, I remember discussing my view that Evolutionary […]

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Religion | Politics

The Sam Harris Outrage Industry

It started for me (and for many) with the angry words frothing out from above that famous cleft-chin. The one which now resides — at least cinematically — under Batman’s cowl. A quiet atheist and new to the movement, I saw and heard many grumblings about Sam Harris’ tussle with Ben Affleck on Real Time with […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

No, Tucker Carlson — You’re Wrong

| by Malhar Mali | You see it very often now. Some imbecilic professor or student says or writes something beyond the bounds of sanity and the conservative media machine jumps into action. Campus Reform, The College Fix, and Fox News’ Campus Craziness all capitalize. The latest iteration? Trinity College professor of sociology Johnny Williams’ Facebook posts on June 18th […]

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Culture | Media

Areo Magazine Goes to Patreon Tomorrow, June 27th, 2017

Dear Reader: This is a complementary post for those of you who don’t follow us on our Facebook and Twitter. Tomorrow, I’m taking Areo Magazine to Patreon. Patreon remakes and modernizes the model of days past, where advocates, readers, and friends were able to support artists, writers, and musicians they appreciated by becoming their “patrons.” I’ve loved […]

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Culture | Media

Skepticism, Salon, and Gender Studies

| by Malhar Mali | James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian’s “Conceptual Penis” article in Cogent has split the skeptic community into two broadly opposing factions. Generally, one claims that the hoax does not prove anything except the ingrained prejudices of the authors while the other finds that it has struck a blow to the […]

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Religion | Politics, Review

Mumbo Jumbo Has Conquered the World

Post-truth, post-fact, post-reality. You don’t need a lengthy introduction on the state of the world. You just need to take a look around: A man who wavers between imbecile and potential despot sits in the highest office of the land; the far-Left in the academy enjoys titillating itself with concepts of postmodernity; the GOP engages in […]

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