A letter from Elizabeth Loftus, PhD to Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA

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July 27, 2017

To: Mr. Quincy McCoy, General Manager of KPFA gm@kpfa.org

From: Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D. & Kaleda Denton, Student

We just met last night, one of us a professor at UC-Irvine (EL) and another a senior at UCLA (KD), and our conversation turned to the unfortunate events surrounding the disinvitation by KPFA of Richard Dawkins. Generations apart, we believe this is profoundly wrong. It is not only wrong for free speech issues, and our strong belief that the solution to free speech problem is more speech, as many others have already discussed. But there is more. As a University of California professor, EL spends her professional life in search of ways to inspire students. Dawkins has inspired so many young minds, and sent them in a scientific direction, including KD who is now, because of him, majoring in evolutionary biology at UCLA. So the disinvitation is a lost opportunity for Dawkins’ to reach many more young minds. We’ll start listening again to KPFA when the station does the right thing – apologizes to Dawkins and reissues that invitation.


Elizabeth F. Loftus, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Psychology & Social Behavior
Criminology, Law & Society
School of Law

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. To KPFA management:

    Just so you know, you hurt the feelings of millions of atheists around the world when you canceled/censored the Richard Dawkins segment.

    Fortunately you do not have to worry that Atheists will bomb your station or issue a fatwa for your assassinations in retaliation. These would be examples of those Islamic ideas (and behaviors) that Richard Dawkins so hatefully and carelessly denounces. So much for free speech when it doesn’t dutifully align with the Orwellian script.

    Bravo!
    The Lone Star Atheist

  2. I see that a google engineer has just been de-plaformed and sacked (on behalf of politically-correct militant feminist pseudo-scientific ideology), for pointing out the biological differences in the embryonic development of male and female brains!

    . . . . An utter disgrace in a scientific technical information business!

    http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/08/google-fires-employee-behind-anti-diversity-memo

    Google has sacked the male engineer whose internal memo caused a furore for claiming that gender inequality in the tech industry may be partly down to biological differences between men and women.

    In his paper entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, James Damore accused the internet giant of pushing a “politically correct monoculture”, shaming dissenters into silence and stifling debate on diversity.

    I think Google has just confirmed his allegations!

    The ex-employee has said he is looking into possible legal remedies, although experts have cast doubt on whether he has grounds for a successful legal action.

    Earlier, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has cut short his holiday in Europe to return to the US to deal with the affair. He reportedly told employees in a note on Monday that parts of Damore’s memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”.

    Classical psychological projection!

    Google’s vice-president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent a memo saying the engineer’s essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender”.

    Confirming her gender bias, and biological illiteracy!

    Damore claimed in his 3,000-word document that circulated inside the company last week that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which prevented honest discussion of equality.

    “The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and… these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote.

    The engineer began his article saying he valued “diversity and inclusion” and did not “endorse using stereotypes”, and concluded in the same vein: “I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity”, he said, accusing Google of creating discriminatory practices in trying “to achieve a more equal gender and race representation”.

    I think their discrimination against science and educated realists, in favour of one-size-fits-all “uniperson ideology” is showing very prominently!

    Equality of opportunity is about picking the most capable people for particular jobs – not filling ideological gender or race quotas!

    If they persist with this anti-science stupidity in a technical industry, their competitors who use the top talent regardless of gender, should progressively take over their market!

  3. http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/08/google-fires-employee-behind-anti-diversity-memo

    Google has sacked the male engineer whose internal memo caused a furore for claiming that gender inequality in the tech industry may be partly down to biological differences between men and women.

    Damore claimed in his 3,000-word document that circulated inside the company last week that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture” which prevented honest discussion of equality.

    “The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and… these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote.

    Apparently, Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai, and Google’s vice-president of diversity, Danielle Brown, as so incompetent at research, or biologically illiterate, that they cannot use Google or links, to look up the scientific papers on embryonic male and female brain development!

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