Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.

— Joan Didion
Didion is pictured above with her late husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her late daughter, Quintana. She wrote about her grief in losing Dunne in The Year of Magical Thinking, and then shortly thereafter described the loss of Quintana in Blue Nights.
“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.”
The quote immediately above is from The Year of Magical Thinking.

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14 Jul

1/ What threatens the foundation of the modern left more than the scientific research into race and intelligence?


So it's not surprising that a co-founder of critical race theory, Richard Delgado, wants it stopped.…
2/ Delgado et al proposed in 1983 that scientists conducting race and IQ research could be "regulated through an institution's control over tenure, promotion, and merit increases," and, if that failed, perhaps the government could step in and establish "a complete prohibition."
3/ After reluctantly acknowledging that scientific inquiry has constitutional protection, Delgado wondered whether calling intelligence research (one of the most robust research areas in psychology) "pseudoscience" might provide an opening to kill it. (Sound familiar?)
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12 Jul

1/ Redirection away from scientifically-measurable traits like intelligence, and toward subjectively and ideologically-assessed values like "heart and soul," goes hand-in-hand with the elimination of standardized testing and gifted programs.

It's entirely about race.
2/ Let me put it this way: If there were no race gaps in standardized educational testing or academic achievement, no one would be talking about prioritizing vaporous qualities like "heart and soul" over "brains".
3/ "Equity" demands the removal of gaps. and since the "brains" gap appears largely immovable, that means either de-prioritizing "brains" or undermining the measurement of abilities related to "brains."
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12 Jul
DiAngelo is absolutely correct here in describing the smiling forced oversolicitousness of white people in the presence of black people, especially in "white spaces."

I've become convinced that DiAngelo understands a lot of racial dynamics better than "colorblind" people.
The fact that DiAngelo has now pissed off everybody (or at least made them uncomfortable) — wokes and anti-wokes alike — shows that she's on to something.

I recommend White Fragility. About 70% of it is half-baked, but a lot of it is right-on-the-money.
DiAngelo can be very good at *describing* the black-white dynamic, but then stumbles when she tries to shoe-horn it into an ideological framework.
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12 Jul

1/ There's a lot of outrage over this clip, but what she's saying ("[blacks] can't tell a story without telling the ten things that led up to that moment"), while exaggerated, is largely true in my experience.
2/ I once had a job that involved interviewing thousands of people and I experienced this pattern over and over, and it drove me — as an INTJ and an analytical person — absolutely nuts. I couldn't get people to distill relevant info into a few sentences.
3/ Instead, I had to listen to a lengthy narrative & then had to fish out the relevant details from it. This was true of almost all low-income blacks I interviewed, and a lot of mid-income blacks, too. But I didn't experience this with whites, except for the most poorly-educated.
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10 Jul
Noted genocide expert and science denialist blocks me. Image
Lindsay claims that there is no differences in the average IQ of blacks and whites in the US — which literally no published intelligence scientist believes and which the American Psychological Association officially affirms is false— but then accuses the CRT crowd of Lysenkoism.
Of course the CRT crowd is full of Lysenkoism — science denial is rife on the progressive-left — but he's a hypocrite to call them out for science denial if he's guilty of it, as well.
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4 Jul

1/ Many years ago, I lived in a very large foreign city, about halfway around the world, in an apartment located in a nondescript middle-class neighborhood.
2/ At noon during the summers, I'd walk to the bread shop about a block from my house and buy a loaf — while it was still hot —that had come straight from a stone oven, and then go back home, and sit in my kitchen and have my lunch.
3/ After a while, I couldn't help but notice that an attractive young woman would make the same journey each day to the bread shop, arriving at about the same time I did. I started thinking about her, and entertained the idea of starting up a conversation with her.
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