Pinker is as much of an asshole as Summers. Unsurprising, as they are good friends.
Interestingly enough, Pinker also puts on stage make-up before giving lectures, so perhaps this explains why he is in a female-dominated academic discipline.
but the fact that [Pinker] considers himself an academic superstar is thoroughly irritating, and... he is ... somewhat disingenuous....
...Summers and his ilk....
[Pinker's] example is the intellectual equivalent of a dismissive pat-on-the-bottom.
What I see is a bunch of people bending over backwards to defend the possibility of innateness using profoundly facile anecdotal accounts.
the explanation for people's concerns over the genetic foundation of intellectual difference [should be] obvious. In case people have forgotten, an awful lot of unpleasant political behavior has been done with precisely this rationale.... But this can explain why someone like Steinem might want to call this unamerican.[sic]
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