What exactly do the SJWs and those inclined to support SJWs believe?
Probably with hardcore SJWs, they actually believe what they chant. Perhaps some of them sometimes have doubts on some of their positions, but these are quickly repressed. The expectations for the typical SJW with respect to IQ are rather modest, so maybe it isn’t entirely their fault.
Now let us consider a slice of the educated type, tech people. The people of Google can be a surrogate for these. Consider this,
Which brings us to Pichai, the supposed grown-up in the room. He could have wrestled with the tension between population-level research and individual experience. He could have stood up for the free flow of information. Instead he joined the mob. He fired Damore and wrote, “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not O.K.”
That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.
We can perhaps infer from this that Pichai is an intelligent fella who decided to not use his intelligence when confronted with a situation that called for it. But he is not alone; lots of techie people operate in this manner. This situation has perplexed me for years; how can people who are intellignet and solve tough problems in the real world everyday, fall down so badly when understanding the real world outside their domain?
The real world can be a harsh judge, and if your computer program makes assumptions that are incorrect, there is a good chance that it will fail spectacularly. As such, computer types learn to recognize precisely what is happening in a situation, and handle it effectively. In short, they have to make real things work.
Yet as the silliness at Google has shown, they do not apply the same level of effort to understanding issues outside of their domain. What is happening here? Of course, as with most social issues, there are many things going on. Let us consider some of them.
These people are higher IQ people, who have developed skills. They are proud of themselves; perhaps too proud. They have elite skills, and need elite world views to match. With those, plus the appreciation of the right restaurants, food, arts, etc. they are what the world should be.
So what would be the right world view? It should start by being one that has not really been accepted as mainstream in past history; for one cannot be an avant guard elite if this isn’t true. Furthermore, it has to make a case that it is better in a way that only high intelligence elites can discern compared to what is present or has come before. Lastly, the world view has to appear to be at least plausible with respect to correctness.
We all know what world view Google the Corporation had/has. For people who pride themselves in dealing well with complexity, they have a very simplified model of human nature. Furthermore, science points to the fact that their model is not very effective at modeling the situation; it assumes that human nature very malleable and rather simple (e.g. blank slate, men and women are the same). But most of all, those uneducated (at least in the elites’ minds) people, who deal with the reality that they see in their life everyday the best that they can (perhaps elites don’t need to do this so much, I don’t know), effectively have a better model of human nature for use in the everyday world. Their model is not pure, complete and simple; but it works.
This just cannot be. It is an assault on what these self-designated elites believe their world should be. Therefore it is an assault on them, and their exalted status in the world. For them, this keystone cannot fail. This is why the corporate culture is so strongly enforced. Those that stand on shaky ground work the hardest to stabilize it.
Deep down, I am sure that a large number of these elites understand the weaknesses of their world view. But it is suppressed. Who wants to fall out of the self-designated elite group?
For others, being part of a some in-group is not important; rather understanding the reality of a situation is.
Which is healthier?