What were the claims in James Damore's memo "Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber" that got him fired from Google? Was he wrong? Why was it controversial?

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  • The personality traits that differ between men and women actually become wider apart as a society becomes more prosperous and egalitarian.

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  • Men are still very much tied to the male gender role. The gender gap would shrink if men became more feminine, although probably because they would leave tech and leadership for traditionally feminine roles.

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  • Google's attempts to address diversity are in themselves discriminatory practices, which can actually *increase* race and gender tensions.

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  • The majority of humanities and social sciences lean politically left, which creates confirmation bias, and maintains myths like social constructionism and the gender wage gap.

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  • Political correctness is an authoritarian tactic.

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  • Women, on average, are more interested than men in people, feelings and aesthetics. More men than women are interested in things and ideas.

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  • Men have a higher drive for status, which is why they're more likely to take leadership positions, despite long, stressful hours, rather than seeking a balanced and fulfilling life.

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  • Women are typically more gregarious and agreeable, so are less likely to negotiating salary, ask for raises, speak up, and lead. Men are generally more assertive.

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  • Women, on average, have higher anxiety and lower stress tolerance, so are less likely to take high stress jobs.

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