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The Forbidden Logic


there was the more well-known conflict with some (mostly female) professors after Summers questioned, at a 2005 Harvard conference of the National Bureau of Economic Research, whether "intrinsic" physiological factors might account for the relatively low representation of women in academic science and engineering positions.

For raising these and a few other politically incorrect questions--and, it must be stressed, Summers was merely raising questions, not supplying dogmatic answers--Summers was driven from Harvard's presidency--appropriately so, according to Fish's way of thinking. I disagreed at the time, and now. So too did the Crimson's columnists and editorial staff, appropriately noting that Harvard is supposed to be, essentially, a community of intellectual inquiry.

Some women can't handle the truth.


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