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February 21st, 2005
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Sullivan on the Larry Summers Pseudoscandal
Larry Summers, president of Harvard University, gave a talk about the under-representation of women in top positions of the exact sciences, suggesting that there is, in fact, a biological ground to male majority at the very top of achievement in exact science. A great uproar, from both academics and laypersons, ensued. Andrew Sullivan eloquently explains why Summers should be appreciated, and what his critics are doing wrong.

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From:leehee
Date:February 22nd, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
I found the article, though debatable, using Sullivan's own words, very interesting.
From:pelig
Date:February 22nd, 2005 01:36 am (UTC)
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Also, the always delightful Steven Pinker commented on the subject:

http://pinker.wjh.harvard.edu/articles/media/2005_01_19_crimson.html
From:pelig
Date:February 22nd, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
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(That was not sarcasm, just to clarify. Pinker really is always delightful)
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From:ijon
Date:February 22nd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
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Yes, Sullivan quotes Pinker in his post.
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From:ygurvitz
Date:February 22nd, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)

I posted the link on my LJ...

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I called Sullivan's article "insightful", only to be told I have misspelled "inciteful".
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From:ygurvitz
Date:February 24th, 2005 09:30 am (UTC)

Some criticism of Israel *is* anti-semitic

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Such as the position, becoming more and more common, that Israel has no right to exist. The people spouting these views views do not come out and say that Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Zimbabwa or any other tyranny has no right to exist; they single out Israel. This smacks of anti-semitism.
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From:novartza
Date:February 26th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Translating Talmud's passages

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That depends on who does the translation, how well the translation is done, how faithful it is to the context in which those passages were original;ly wriotten and whether the translation includes the traditional commentaries and the way these passages were understood by the prominent Talmud scholars during the generations.
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