I Read the Google Manifesto

(Parts of manifesto was obtained by and from Gizmodo.)

Google’s biases

At Google, we talk so much about unconscious bias as it applies to race and gender, but we rarely discuss our moral biases. Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases. Considering that the overwhelming majority of the social sciences, media, and Google lean left, we should critically examine these prejudices.

What are morals?

Morals — Principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct. While morals also prescribe dos and don’ts, morality is ultimately a personal compass of right and wrong.

Just for good measure, I’m going to throw in the subject of Ethics. What are ethics?

Ethics — The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group or culture.

Where do they come from?

Ethics-Social system — External

Morals-Individual — Internal

This is my issue with talking about ones moral bias. Ones morals are inherently THEIRS. Their morals are founded in the structure they were raised in. They are based on social factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc.) Their moral bias are for them to deal with and not one that may have ethical consequences in the long run.

If one is an employee, ones moral bias does not come into play, unless there is a conflict of beliefs. It is then up to the individual to ascertain whether or not they can work at said company, without injuring their own moral compass. The employee does not set the tone, the employer does.

James Damore is certainly educated. This was found on his LinkedIn page. He did go back and omit the PhD part…

The above image was obtained from Business Insider.

According to Heavy.com, James was triggered to write his manifesto after attending a diversity program.

James Damore spoke out for the first time on Tuesday, August 8, in an interview on YouTube with Libertarian author and podcaster Stefan Molyneux, who had come to Damore’s defense in a lengthy YouTube video before the Google employee was fired. In the 45-minute interview, Damore said he wrote the memo on a 12-hour flight to China after he attended a diversity program at Google.

“I heard things that I definitely disagreed with,” he told Molyneux. He said there was a lot of shaming at the program. They said “‘no you can’t say that, that’s sexist … ‘You can’t do this.’ … There’s just so much hypocrisy in a lot of the things that they’re saying.

Apparently Mr. Damore has a difficult time with sexist ideologies, since he offended audience members in a skit, whereas Harvard has to issue an apology.

Google fired software engineer James Damore on Monday after his 10-page anti-diversity screed went viral within the company. According to emails obtained by Gizmodo, and accounts from four individuals who attended a Ph.D program retreat with Damore, this is not the first time he offended his peers with sexist ideologies.

According to emails provided to Gizmodo, Andrew Murray and Tim Mitchison, the co-directors of the Systems Biology Program at Harvard — which Damore attended for two years before leaving the program and starting his career at Google — issued a formal apology to a number of students for a student skit performed at the 2012 Systems Biology Program Retreat. According to two sources, Damore was the primary performer in the skit.

In “ googlin” all this information, I happened upon this…

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (also known as Harvard Kennedy School and HKS) is a public policy and public administration school, of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

I do believe he attended Harvard.

And there they have this class…

Embodying Gender: Public Health, Biology and the Body Politic

This course will focus on the social and biological processes and relationships from interpersonal to institutional involved in embodying gender, as part of shaping and changing societal distributions of, including inequities in, health, disease, and well-being. It will consider how different frameworks of conceptualizing and addressing gender, biological sex, and sexuality (that is, the lived experience of being sexual beings, in relation to self, other people, and institutions) shape questions people ask about and explanations and interventions they offer for a variety of health outcomes. Examples span the lifecourse and historical generations and include chronic non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, occupational injuries, reproductive health, mental health, and mortality, each analyzed in relation to societal and ecological context, global health policy and human rights, work, and the behaviors of people and institutions. In all these cases, issues of gender and sexuality will be related to other societal determinants of health, including social class, racism, and other forms of inequality. The objective is to improve praxis for research, teaching, policy, and action, so as to advance knowledge and action needed for producing sound public health policy and health equity, including in relation to gender and sexuality. ( since Mr. Damore is into the biological aspects of the gender differences)

Or maybe this one…

Diversity and Dispute Resolution

In this course, we will examine the ways in which various types of diversity — such as class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation — impact the way we negotiate and resolve conflict, including the effects of intersectionality and privilege. Although the main focus of the class will be on readings and discussion, we will also use experiential exercises, including role plays, to enhance our personal understanding of how diversity affects our experience of conflict and our ability to manage difficult conversations involving identity and diversity. Teaching Assistant Rabiat Akande (who is an S.J.D. candidate at HLS) will participate as a co-leader of discussions. Readings will include excerpts from Mahzarin Banaji, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kim Crenshaw, Richard Delgado, Carol Gilligan, Trina Grillo, Michele LeBaron, Carol Liebman, Larry Susskind, and Kenji Yoshino. Enrollment in the course is limited to 24 students. There will be no final exam or research paper — instead, students will write a 300–500 word reading response for each day of class, except for the final class, for which the reading response is 600–1,000 words.

This class might have been handy…

Men, Women, and Work

Why do men and women tend to cluster into different occupations? Why do they earn different wages? Is there a certain path that all countries follow as they become more economically prosperous, or do issues concerning men’s and women’s work differ dramatically across countries because of cultural reasons? This course provides an overview of key issues and perspectives in the study of men, women, and work in contemporary society. May be counted for introductory concentration requirement, if letter-graded.

In his memo, Damore also called out Google for potentially illegal discriminatory activities in which the company regularly engaged.

“Stop restricting programs and classes to certain genders or races,” Damore wrote. “These discriminatory practices are both unfair and divisive. Instead focus on some of the non-discriminatory practices I outlined.”

If he had invested himself in these courses, he would of understood why these diversity sessions are taught in this way.

However, he is only 28. Trial and error till he figures it out.

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