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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Pinker vs. Krugman Part 2

Brown University made their recorded debate between Steven Pinker and Paul Krugman available (I only just now discovered it) and so as promised, this is part 2.

I have included the transcript here. Both the audio and the transcript end 3 minutes before the video.

I will be responding to this soon on Pinkerite.

In the meantime, can't resist responding to Pinker's latest weasel words. He wrote a letter to the Guardian complaining about how they portrayed his views of women, the last part of which he says:
I do disagree with the 1970s-era assumption that women’s equality depends on their being biologically indistinguishable from men: fairness does not require sameness. Vince’s observations that the distribution of women’s traits overlaps with those of men’s, and that individuals should be treated according to their talents and choices rather than their gender, far from contrasting with my views, could have been taken from the pages of my 2002 book The Blank Slate.
But what he means by women and men "not being biologically indistinguishable" which, in general principle, few people would disagree with in the first place, is that women have evolved to be inferior to men at STEM subjects.

Pinker also apparently believes that women evolved to be more interested in housekeeping than men.

In The Blank Slate Pinker characterizes Camille Paglia, a vicious professional misogynist  (and fan of NAMBLA) who believes women are hapless, helpless losers as a "feminist."

Knowing this should give you a good idea of exactly where Steven Pinker stands on women's issues  as on virtually any other - he is an absolute two-faced WEASEL.

The best review of The Blank Slate ever was in the New Yorker: What Comes Naturally by Louis Menand. Menand was the first reviewer, as far as I am aware, who noted a pronounced Pinker tendency of "having it both ways."

One of Steven Pinker's favorite "feminist" thinkers.

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