The Actual Science of James Damore's Google Memo - 2017-08-15

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F354.png The Actual Science of James Damore's Google Memo August 15, 2017, Megan Molteni, Wired

In early August, a Google engineer named James Damore posted a document titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" to an internal online discussion group. His memo was a calm attempt to point out all the ways Google has gone wrong in making gender representation among its employees a corporate priority. And then, on August 5, the memo jumped the fence. Nobody else was calm about it.

It wasn't a screed or a rant, but, judging by his document, Damore clearly feels that some basic truths are getting ignored—silenced, even—by Google's bosses. So in response, the engineer adopted a methodology at the core of Google's culture: He went to look at the data. "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" wants to be a discussion of ideas about diversity through solid, ineluctable science.

The core arguments run to this tune: Men and women have psychological differences that are a result of their underlying biology. Those differences make them differently suited to and interested in the work that is core to Google. Yet Google as a company is trying to create a technical, engineering, and leadership workforce with greater numbers of women than these differences can sustain, and it's hurting the company.

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{{cite news | first = Megan | last = Molteni | author2 = Adam Rogers | title = The Actual Science of James Damore's Google Memo | url = https://www.wired.com/story/the-pernicious-science-of-james-damores-google-memo/ | work = Wired | date = August 15, 2017 | accessdate = January 13, 2020 }}